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Information About Administrative Salary and Benefits for School Leaders


DCPS values its school leaders and works to make sure principals and assistant principals are appropriately compensated. The salaries at DCPS are comparable to surrounding districts and are based on education and experience.

Salary is based on years of experience, school level, and school size. The links below represent a guide for determining compensation for new principals and assistant principals.

Administrator Salary—Principals

Administrator Salary—Assistant Principals


Principals and assistant principals are employees of the District of Columbia and are members of the Council of School Officers union. As such, school leaders receive a comprehensive benefits package. All full-time staff members are entitled to the following benefits:

Health Insurance

  • HMO (Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, or United HealthCare)
  • PPO (Aetna)
  • POS (United HealthCare)

Other Insurance

  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

Other Benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (for dependent care & health care)
  • 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities
  • AT&T Discount Program for District of Columbia Employees
  • Employer Assisted Housing Program (up to $11,500 for first-time homebuyers in DC)
  • HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program (50% off the list price for HUD homes)
  • Discounted memberships to Washington Sports Clubs