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Among districts with more than one school, percentage of public school districts that had salary schedules for principals, and average and median lowest and highest yearly base salaries paid to all full-time principals, by selected public school district characteristics: 2011–12

Selected public school
district characteristic
Number of
public school
districts
  Percent with
salary schedules
for principals
  Average base salary
of the lowest paid principal in the
district
  Median base salary
of the lowest paid
principal in the
district
  Average base salary
of the highest paid
principal in the
district
  Median base salaray
of the highest paid
principal in the
district
     
All districts with more
than one school
11,280 47.4 $77,500 $74,400 $93,700 $90,400  
 
District size
2-3 schools 4,310 26.5 74,400 71,200 83,500 80,000    
4-5 schools 2,690 43.9 77,400 74,500 93,700 90,100    
6-9 schools 2,310 59.6 80,800 78,000 101,000 98,900    
10-19 schools 1,220 80.0 81,400 79,300 105,500 105,200    
20 or more schools 740 90.4 79,300 78,000 110,900 110,900    
 
Community type 
City 760 84.3 83,300 82,000 109,300 108,200    
Suburban  2,640 59.1 94,200 90,200 117,600 113,500    
Town  2,380 49.6 74,400 72,900 91,400 90,600    
Rural  5,500 35.8 70,000 69,300 81,100 80,000    
 
District K-12 enrollment
Less than 250 610 20.2 63,400 63,600 67,600 65,000    
250-999   3,200 23.1 71,600 69,900 79,500 77,200    
1,000-1,999 2,700 42.4 77,900 74,600 93,900 90,400    
2,000-4,999 2,810 60.6 82,000 79,100 102,300 99,800    
5,000-9,999 1,070 78.7 86,400 84,000 111,600 109,000    
10,000 or more 880 89.6 82,100 80,200 113,600 113,200    
 
Percent of K-12 students in
district who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
             
0-34  3,280 41.4 87,400 84,800 106,600 103,600    
35-49  2,840 40.0 75,500 73,000 91,500 89,600    
50-74  3,670 53.1 70,600 69,000 85,000 82,600    
75 or more  1,290 65.4 73,500 70,000 88,200 84,400    
     District did not participate
in free or reduced-
price lunch program
200   31.3   95,500   89,800   109,700   103,900      
                             
NOTE: Districts with only one school, including single traditional public schools and public charter schools that operate independently of a regular school district, were not asked about principal salary schedules. Estimates in this table are based on 66 percent of all districts. Details may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2011–12.


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