Alabama's 25 highest paid public school principals

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(AL.COM) The right principal at a school can be a big factor in improving the lives of students and the local community. The main role of a principal is being responsible for managing an assigned school which can include staffing, curriculum development while creating a safe and nurturing environment for all school activities and staying within a budget.

The mean salary of principals in the US is $90,410 per year. Salaries can vary depending on several factors including student population, education and years of service.

The following is a list of the top 25 principal salaries for public schools in Alabama for the school year 2016-2017 from the Alabama State Department of Education.

25. Pell City High School
Pell City School System
Principal Tony Dowdy
Salary $116,584

24. Louis Pizitz Middle School
Vestavia Hills City School System
Principal Meredith Hanson
Salary $116,688

23. Enterprise High School
Enterprise City School System
Principal Matt Rodgers
Salary $$117,000

22. Woodlawn High School-Magnet
Birmingham City School System
Principal Fanchon Muhammad
Salary $117,520

21. Auburn High School
Auburn City School System
Principal Shannon Pignato
Salary $117,520

20. Robert F. Bumpus Middle School
Hoover City School System
Principal Tamala Maddox
Salary $117,549

19. Saraland High School
Saraland City School System
Principal Beverly Spoondike
Salary $117,874

18. Hueytown High School
Jefferson County School System
Principal Joe Garner
Salary $117,971

17. Gadsden City High School
Gadsden City School System
Principal Jeff Colgrove
Salary $118,246

16. Jasper High School
Jasper City School System
Principal Brian Wilson
Salary $119,600

15. George Washington Carver High School
Birmingham City School System
Principal Charles Willis, Jr.
Salary $119,600

14. Benjamin Russell High School
Alexander City School System
Principal Anthony Wilkinson
Salary $119,600

13. Murphy High School
Mobile County School System
Principal William S. Smith
Salary $120,413

12. Florence High School
Florence City School System
Principal Rod Sheppard
Salary $120,640

11. Sparkman High School
Madison County School System
Principal Chris Shaw
Salary $124,800

10. Homewood Middle School
Homewood City School System
Principal Jimmie Pearson
Salary $125,000

9. Thompson High School
Alabaster City School System
Principal Wesley Hester
Salary $126,360

8. Hewitt-Trussville High School
Trussville City School System
Principal Tim Salem
Salary $127,665

7. Mountain Brook High School
Mountain Brook City School System
Principal Salary $130,000

6. Hoover High School
Hoover City School System
Principal Salary $131,540

5. WP Davidson High School
Mobile County School System
Principal Lewis Copeland
Salary $132,189

4. James Clemens High School
Madison City School System
Principal Brian Clayton
Salary $132,379

3. Homewood High School
Homewood City School System
Principal Zack Barnes
Salary $132,600

2. Vestavia Hills High School
Vestavia Hills City School System
Principal Tyler Burgess
Salary $135,200

1. Spain Park High School
Hoover City School System
Principal Larry Giangrosso
Salary $139.077