The Average Principal's Salary in Arizona


Principals in Arizona serve as the head educational administrators of their schools. Arizona principals work in elementary, intermediate and high schools throughout the state. While most principals in Arizona are employed by the State Department of Education, others work for private and parochial schools. There were 3,450 principals throughout the state in 2009.

Salary For Principals in Arizona

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average salary for principals in Arizona in 2009 was $76,380 per year. The lowest decile earned an average of $54,510 per year while the highest decile earned $102,790 per year.

Salaries For Principals Across Arizona Locations

Average salary for principals varied across Arizona locations. In 2009, average salary by location was: Flagstaff, AZ ($72,010); Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ ($71,110); Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($78,080); Prescott, AZ ($67,530); Tucson, AZ ($80,650); Yuma, AZ ($80,430); North Arizona ($64,070); and Southeast Arizona ($62,540).

Arizona Principal Salaries Compared to Other Areas

The salary for principals in Arizona was far below the highest-paying areas in the country. The top municipalities in terms of principal salaries were: Nassau-Suffolk, NY ($125,500); Visalia-Porterville, CA ($117,230); San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA ($116,940); Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($115,960); Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD ($115,250); Newark-Union, NJ-PA ($113,730); Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL ($112,450); New Haven, CT ($111,630); Yuba City, CA ($110,620); and Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($109,650).

Regulation of Arizona Principals

The Arizona State Department of Education regulates all principals throughout the state, regardless of whether they work for public or private institutions. While principals are required to hold a bachelor's degree in education or a related field, most have a master's degree or a doctorate in education. The two largest providers of accredited degrees for prospective Arizona principals are the University of Arizona Center for the Study of Higher Education and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

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