|Quick Facts: Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals|
|$95,310 per year|
|5 years or more|
|8% (As fast as average)|
Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curriculums, 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. In addition, they need prior work experience as a teacher.
The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $95,310 in May 2018.
Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be affected by student enrollment and the number of educational institutions.
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