School Principal at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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    School Principal

  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for School Principal

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Best States for School Principal

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Illinois 15,100 $102,090 N/A
West Virginia 1,820 $64,330 N/A
Vermont 810 $81,810 N/A

Becoming a School Principal

Those interested in pursuing jobs as school principals will typically need to have a master's degree and several years of teaching experience. Their master's degree might be in educational leadership, educational administration, or elementary education, to name a few options. This provides graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in the field.

In most states, candidates will need to be licensed as school administrators to fill jobs as school principals. Specific requirements for this will vary by state, but typically a master's degree, supervised training, and a written exam are required. Some of the subjects that you will become familiar with in a graduate level program include:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Assessment
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Law and Public Policy

Even after obtaining their initial administrator licensure, principals will usually need to take a certain number of continuing education courses to maintain this licensure. These classes help school leaders stay up to date with current educational issues, practices, and technologies. Some school principals may eventually move on to become school district officials or instructional coordinators as well.