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Table 30.  Average annual salary for school principals and average annual salary by years of experience as a principal, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic Average annual salary Average annual salary for principals by years of experience
Fewer than 3 years 3-9 years 10 years or more
All schools  $68,900 $63,700 $70,200 $71,300
         
All public schools  75,500 71,100 75,800 78,700
         
School classification         
Traditional public  75,800 71,600 76,000 78,700
Charter school  64,000 57,200 65,400 74,900
         
Community type         
Central city  80,200 75,500 81,600 82,100
Urban fringe/large town  79,700 75,200 79,000 84,200
Rural/small town  63,700 59,800 64,300 66,000
         
School level         
Elementary  75,400 71,000 75,700 78,500
Secondary  79,400 75,700 79,700 82,000
Combined  64,700 59,500 64,700 70,000
         
Student enrollment         
Less than 100  62,100 56,900 63,000 65,300
100–199  65,600 60,000 66,300 68,800
200–499  73,000 68,700 72,600 76,900
500–749  78,700 73,900 78,700 82,200
750–999  82,800 80,400 81,800 86,600
1,000 or more  90,100 86,200 90,200 93,400
         
All BIA schools  65,300 57,700 67,600 68,200
         
All private schools  $48,000 $39,800 $46,800 $53,700
         
School classification         
Catholic  48,800 45,600 49,000 50,300
Other religious  38,800 31,500 36,500 45,500
Nonsectarian  65,200 51,400 66,800 71,800
         
Community type         
Central city  52,900 47,400 51,500 56,900
Urban fringe/large town  49,900 41,200 48,200 55,300
Rural/small town  31,000 25,800 30,700 37,100
         
School level         
Elementary  45,700 38,400 44,300 51,100
Secondary  63,700 54,500 62,900 69,700
Combined  48,100 38,600 45,900 54,700
         
Student enrollment         
Less than 100  36,500 31,200 34,900 42,300
100–199  50,400 43,800 51,000 53,500
200–499  58,300 56,100 56,700 60,100
500–749  73,800 67,800 66,700 78,800
750 or more  87,300 86,100 79,600 92,700
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, 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, 2003–04, Public School Principal, BIA School Principal, and Private School Principal Data Files.


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