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These Area School Districts Have Best-Paid Principals

Brewster Central School District
Brewster Central School District Photo Credit: Brewster Central Schools

Educators have among the most important jobs out there, helping to mold the minds of children, which is why the Hudson Valley is home to some of the most well-compensated principals in the state.

A new study by Upstate New York determined that on average, principals and assistant principals earn an average of between $62,000 to approximately $170,000 annually, according to the New York State Education Department’s Personnel Master File.

Other recent studies found that the median salary for New York State teachers range from $21,765 to $131,689, while administrators earn between approximately $50,000 to more than $200,000.

The report only includes school districts that are considered “upstate” which is considered north of Westchester and Rockland in the rankings, noting that some districts only have one principal, while some of the larger districts may have more than a dozen.

The list features how many principals each district has, their average salary and whether the state considers it as a high or low need. Hudson Valley school districts to make the cut include:

Brewster Central School District (first overall):

  • Average salary: $169,518.56;
  • Principals: 9;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Kiryas Joel Village Union Free School District (second):

  • Average salary: $168,425.50;
  • Principals: 2;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Urban/suburban/high needs.

Monroe-Woodbury Central School District (third):

  • Average salary: $149,794.75;
  • Principals: 20;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Putnam Valley Central School District (fourth):

  • Average salary: $148,240.50;
  • Principals: 6;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Mahopac Central School District (fifth):

  • Average salary: $145,900;
  • Principals: 13;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Garrison Union Free School District (sixth):

  • Average salary: $145,656;
  • Principals: 1;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Haldane Central School District (ninth):

  • Average salary: $143,806;
  • Principals: 3;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Pawling Central School District (10th):

  • Average salary: $143,049;
  • Principals: 4;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Carmel Central School District (12th):

  • Average salary: $142,015.77;
  • Principals: 13;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Valley Central School District (13th):

  • Average salary: $142,008.07;
  • Principals: 14.
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Rhinebeck Central School District (15th):

  • Average salary: $141,126.80;
  • Principals: 5;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Pine Bush Central School District (16th):

  • Average salary: $140,072.94
  • Principals: 17
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts
  • Description: Average needs

Warwick Valley Central School District (20th):

  • Average salary: $138,876;
  • Principals: 9;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Newburgh City School District (22nd):

  • Average salary: $133,815.05;
  • Principals: 43;
  • Community type: Small cities;
  • Description: Urban/suburban/high needs.

Cornwall Central School District (23rd):

  • Average salary: $133591.89;
  • Principals: 9;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Florida Union Free School District (25th):

  • Average salary: $132,334.33;
  • Principals: 3;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Minisink Valley Central School District (26th):

  • Average salary: $131,489.92;
  • Principals: 12;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Greenwood Lake Union Free School District (31st):

  • Average salary: $129,903;
  • Principals: 2;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Arlington Central School District (32nd):

  • Average salary: $129,570.84;
  • Principals: 25;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Port Jervis City School District (33rd):

  • Average salary: $129,283;
  • Principals: 10;
  • Community type: Small cities;
  • Description: Rural high needs.

Middletown City School District (34th):

  • Average salary: $128,965.71;
  • Principals: 14;
  • Community type: Small cities;
  • Description: Urban/suburban/high needs.

Goshen Central School District (35th):

  • Average salary: $128515.22;
  • Principals: 9;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Washingtonville Central School District (36th):

  • Average salary: $127,668.83;
  • Principals: 12;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Red Hook Central School District (37th):

  • Average salary: $127,337.29;
  • Principals: 7;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Hyde Park Central School District (39th):

  • Average salary: $126,031.55;
  • Principals: 11;
  • Community type: Large central districts and village districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

Millbrook Central School District (42nd):

  • Average salary: $123,648.20;
  • Principals: 5;
  • Community type: Small central districts;
  • Description: Low needs.

Dover Union Free School District (44th):

  • Average salary: $123,561.40;
  • Principals: 5;
  • Community type: Medium central districts;
  • Description: Average needs.

The complete list can be found here .

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