According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, employment of education administrators is expected to grow by about 8 percent between 2008 and 2018.
In most K-12 public, private and charter schools, principals and assistant principals may need to hold a teaching certificate along with a master’s degree in education administration or educational leadership.
More and more, principals and assistant principals are increasingly being held accountable for their schools meeting State and Federal guidelines for student performance and teacher qualifications.
In order to be considered for education administrator positions, workers must first prove themselves in their current jobs. In evaluating candidates, supervisors look for leadership, determination, confidence, initiative and motivation. Knowledge of leadership principles and practices, gained through work experience and formal education, is important. A familiarity with computer technology is a necessity for many of these workers as computers are used to perform their basic job duties and they are responsible for overseeing technical resources for students, teachers, and classrooms.
Based upon a survey of public schools, the Educational Research Service reported the average salaries for Elementary principals in the 2007-08 school year was $85,907 and assistant principals $71,192.
According to the results of the National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools, the mean (or “average”) of the salaries reported by school districts in 2009–10 is as follows:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Education Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos007.htm (visited April 27, 2011).