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Table 5.  Average annual salary for school principals, by years of experience as a principal, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

School type and selected
 school characteristic
Average annual salary Average annual salary for principals by years of experience  
    Less than 3 years   3 to 9 years   10 years or more  
All schools      $79,300   $73,500   $80,200   $82,700  
                     
All public schools      85,700   80,700   85,700   90,300  
                     
School classification                     
Traditional public      86,100   81,000   86,100   90,400  
Charter school      77,900   72,900   76,200   87,000  
                     
Community type                     
City      91,200   84,500   92,600   95,300  
Suburban      96,900   92,300   96,200   101,800  
Town      77,500   73,300   77,500   80,800  
Rural      75,700   71,700   74,900   80,800  
                     
School level                     
Elementary      85,200   80,200   85,400   89,200  
Secondary      90,300   85,600   89,500   95,900  
Combined      75,800   70,200   75,400   82,800  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100      72,600   65,900   71,200   80,400  
100-199      77,300   72,100   75,900   83,400  
200-499      82,800   77,400   83,200   86,900  
500-749      89,000   85,000   89,000   92,500  
750-999      93,200   84,900   95,100   97,600  
1,000 or more      101,300   100,300   99,600   104,700  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34      91,000   85,300   90,400   96,100  
35-49      81,800   78,600   81,300   85,400  
50-74      81,100   77,400   81,600   83,900  
75 or more      84,800   79,400   85,800   88,600  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    83,600   72,700   86,600   87,800  
                     
All BIE schools      72,600   64,100   73,000   78,700  
                     
All private schools      $57,500   $48,000   $55,600   $64,500  
                     
School classification                     
Catholic      58,100   55,400   57,600   59,600  
Other religious      47,800   37,900   48,000   54,600  
Nonsectarian      75,500   61,800   71,600   85,000  
                     
Community type                     
City      64,900   52,900   63,400   72,100  
Suburban      61,600   54,300   56,900   68,600  
Town      44,300   35,900   46,600   48,400  
Rural      42,900   39,800   42,600   46,000  
                     
School level                     
Elementary      55,500   45,600   53,300   62,600  
Secondary      75,100   67,500   75,300   79,300  
Combined      55,100   45,900   52,300   63,200  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100      44,400   38,600   45,600   48,600  
100-199      58,700   55,500   53,700   64,900  
200-499      70,000   59,100   68,100   74,200  
500-749      83,600   77,000   80,800   87,100  
750 or more      95,500   87,500   99,000   96,900  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34      51,000   42,600   51,100   56,000  
35-49      70,100   60,000   69,400   76,500  
50-74      50,600   42,300   51,800   55,800  
75 or more      56,900   46,700   64,700   56,300  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
    58,900   49,200   55,600   67,000  
NOTE: BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal, BIE School Principal, and Private SchoolPrincipal Data Files," 2007–08.


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