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Table 4. Average annual salary for public school principals, by years of experience as a principal and selected school characteristics: 2015–16

        Average annual salary for principals by years of experience
Selected school characteristic   Average annual salary   Less than 3 years   3 to 9 years   10 years or more  
All public schools   $95,700   $89,000   $96,500   $102,200  
                   
School classification                  
Traditional public   96,400   89,700   97,100   102,800  
Charter school   88,000   82,800   89,700   93,400  
Community type                  
City   100,600   95,100   101,500   105,600  
Suburban   105,700   99,600   105,700   112,400  
Town   86,700   79,500   88,000   93,400  
Rural   83,300   75,800   84,100   90,900  
School level                  
Primary   94,600   88,000   95,500   100,400  
Middle   98,000   92,700   98,100   106,500  
High   101,200   94,800   100,900   109,100  
Combined   86,500   76,500   89,400   93,700  
Student enrollment                  
Less than 100   86,100   77,800   87,600   94,600  
100-199   84,500   76,600   82,900   95,800  
200-499   92,800   86,600   93,800   98,500  
500-749   98,000   91,300   98,800   104,500  
750-999   102,100   96,400   102,700   107,200  
1,000 or more   111,600   107,500   111,700   115,600  
Percent of K–12 students who were approved for free or reduced-price lunches                  
0-34   102,500   96,500   102,800   107,500  
35-49   95,000   87,800   95,700   101,400  
50-74   92,000   86,700   93,200   96,700  
75 or more   93,300   87,700   93,800   100,300  
School did not participate in free or reduced-price lunch program   92,700   77,900   96,500   104,700  
NOTE: Principals who reported an annual salary of zero are excluded from the table.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Principal Data File," 2015–16.