New Data: All CPS Principals Make Six Figures

CHICAGO (CBS) – Principals are paid handsomely at the Chicago Public Schools, according to new data.

All principals in the Chicago Public Schools system are paid six-figure base salaries, with an average of about $133,000 a year.

Seventeen principals make a top wage of $154,000 a year.

In most suburban districts, the average is lower. Principals at Elgin District 46, which is the second largest in the state, make an average of $101,000 a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Sun-Times reported that CPS released the base salaries and other benefits of all CPS officials with administrators’ certificates, based upon a state law that is supposed to reveal hidden benefits in top salaries for educators.

But these data do not mean Chicago principals are overpaid, Chicago Principals association president Clarice Berry tells the Sun-Times. The salaries are awarded based on school size, years of experience, and advanced degrees, she told the newspaper.

  • John Gronkowski

    Beware the CPS “llifers” who wangle a promotion to principal just so they can up their pensions right before they retire. A lot of them aren’t really qualified to be principals and the schools suffer as a result.

  • Ed Guzaitis

    Hmmm. That’s odd….No mention of performance as a salary criteria. Must have been an editorial oversight.

  • Timm Yancy "Yanz"

    And the problem is? WHy is this even in the news any way? They shoud get that and a lot more. If the suburban principals get 6 figures and have easier jobs why shouldn’t the CPS principals and teacher make more and they have a higer cost of living. ALso they should get “Combat Pay”..

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