|Quick Facts: Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals|
|2014 Median Pay||$89,540 per year|
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Master's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||5 years or more|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||240,000|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||6% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||14,000|
Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.
Principals work in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Most principals work year round.
Principals typically need a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principal positions require candidates to have work experience as a teacher.
The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $89,540 in May 2014.
Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increases in school enrollments.
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