Annual Salaries of Montgomery County Public Schools Principals

Pay varies based on seniority, school type


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Montgomery County Public Schools principals are among the best compensated in the state, according to a comparison published by the Maryland State Department of Education. The county's highest-paid principals earned more than their peers in all but three Maryland jurisdictions--Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County--during the 2016-2017 school year, the report showed.

MCPS principal salaries are based on a pay scale developed through negotiations between school system officials and an employee union. Principals with more experience occupy a higher rung on the ladder. Principals also draw higher wages for securing advanced degrees or by leading high schools, larger schools or Title I schools.

The following salary information is from fiscal 2017. The pay scale for that time period started principals at $92,244 per year, with the highest base salary set at $151,682. Since then, the Board of Education has approved some wage increases. The schedule developed earlier this year by MCPS leaders and the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals has base salaries ranging from $93,166 to $153,199 per year.

Some principals might have changed since the start of fiscal 2017, which began July 1, 2016.

To find a principal's salary at a particular school, you can click through to the appropriate cluster:

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