|Quick Facts: Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals|
|2010 Median Pay||$86,970 per year|
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||1 to 5 years|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||236,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||10% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||23,200|
Elementary, middle, and high school principals lead teachers and other members of school staff. They manage the day-to-day operations of elementary, middle, and high schools. They set goals and objectives and evaluate their school’s progress toward meeting them.
Elementary, middle, and high school principals work in public and private schools. Generally, they work full time, and many work summers when school is not in session.
Most schools require elementary, middle, and high school principals to have a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Most principals also have experience as teachers.
The median annual wage of elementary, middle, and high school principals was $86,970 in May 2010.
Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.
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