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House Budget Creates New School-Based Administrator Pay Plans

The House’s 2017-2018 budget completely overhauls the salary structure for both principals and
assistant principals. As sought by NCASA, both schedules will be linked to the teacher salary schedule,
ensuring that as teacher salaries continue to increase, so do principal and assistant principal salaries.

House Principal Salary Schedule
The annual salary for principals is composed of two factors. The first is a base, which is calculated
using a monthly rate of pay equivalent to the monthly rate of pay for teacher with 15 years of
experience on the “A” schedule, plus 12%. That number is then adjusted based on years of principal
experience as follows:

Years of Experience / Base

0 – $61,219
1 – $62,227
2-3 – $63,571
4-5 –  $64,915
6-7 – $66,259
8-9 – $67,603
10+ – $68,947

A principal’s annual salary is then increased by adding a specified percentage to their base salary.
The percentage added is determined according to both ADM and the percentage of free and reduced
lunch students in the school supervised by the principal in the current school year, as follows:

Free or Reduced Lunch          ADM 0-149         ADM 150-700          ADM 701-1400         ADM 1401+
       Up to 20%                            Base                     1.5%                         3%                        4.5%
       Up to 50%                            1.5%                      3%                         4.5%                        6%
       Up to 70%                             3%                      4.5%                          6%                        7.5%
       Up to 95%                            4.5%                      6%                         7.5%                         9%
       Up to 100%                           6%                      7.5%                          9%                        10.5%

  • Degree supplements and longevity pay are eliminated under the House budget plan.
  • There is a hold harmless provision that ensures no principal earns less than they are currentlymaking in compensation by moving to the new schedule.


House Assistant Principal Salary Schedule

  • For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, assistant principals will receive a monthly salary based on the salary schedule for teachers who are classified as “A” teachers plus an additional 22%. Years of experience for an assistant principal on the salary schedule is measured by the total number of years the assistant principal has spent as a teacher, an assistant principal, or both. An administrator with a one year provisional assistant principal’s certificate is considered equivalent to an assistant principal.
  • Assistant principals with certification base on academic preparation at the six-year degree level will receive a salary supplement of $126 per month and at the doctoral level will receive a salary supplement of $253 per month.
  • The full-time master’s in-school administration program stipend is preserved under the House’s budget.
  • Longevity pay is continued for assistant principals under the House budget plan
  • There is a hold harmless provision that ensures no assistant principal earns less than they are currently making in compensation by moving to the new schedule.

By comparison, the Senate’s pay plan for principals and assistant principals in its 2017-2018 budget
is as follows:

Senate Principal Salary Schedule
The following annual salary schedule applies for the 2017-2018 fiscal year:

      ADM                      Base                Met Growth               Exceeded Growth
      0-400                   $61,751                $67,926                         $74,101
     401-700                 $64,839                $71,322                         $77,806
   701-1,000                $67,926                $74,719                         $81,511
 1,001-1,300               $71,014                 $78,115                        $85,216
     1,301+                  $74,101                 $81,511                        $88,921

  • A principal is paid at the “Exceeded Growth” level of the schedule if the school growth scores show the school exceeded expected growth in at least two of the last three years.
  • A principal is paid at the “Met Growth” level of the schedule if either of following apply:
              o The school growth scores show the school met expected growth in at least two of the last three years
              o The school growth scores show the schools met expected growth in at least one of the last three school years and exceeded                        expected growth in one of the last three years.
  • A principal is paid at the “Base” level if neither of the situations as outlined above are applicable.
  • Longevity pay is eliminated under the Senate budget plan and is included in the annual amounts under the principal salary schedule.
  • There is a hold harmless provision that ensures no principal earns less than they are currently making in compensation by moving to the new schedule.

Senate Principal Bonus Plan
The Senate’s budget plan contains two bonus opportunities for principals to earn up to an additional $15,000.

Adam Pridemore
apridemore@ncasa.net