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Alabama's 25 highest paid public school principals

Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 7:26 AM CDT
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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

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