|Quick Facts: Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals|
|$98,420 per year|
|5 years or more|
|5% (As fast as average)|
Elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities.
Principals work in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Typically, principals work year round.
Principals typically need a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. In addition, they need teaching experience.
The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $98,420 in May 2021.
Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 23,500 openings for elementary, middle, and high school principals are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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