Average Salary For School Principal In South Africa

A principal is the headmaster of a school or a person who’s in charge of certain things in a company.


The principal is also an adjective that means original, first, or most important.

School Principal Salary In South Africa

The average salary for a School Principal in SA is R 477 914 gross per year (R 39 830 gross per month), which is 69% higher than South Africa’s national average salary. Salary Range: a School Principal can expect an average starting salary of R 346 000. The highest salaries can exceed R 1 000 000.

What is the role of a school principal?

A Principal, or Public School Principal, oversees the daily activities and operations within a school.

Their main duties include disciplining or advising students, approving Teachers’ curriculums, and ensuring the school environment is safe for all students and staff members.

How much do deputy principals earn in South Africa?

An experienced Deputy Headmaster with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of R387,758 based on 16 salaries.

In their late-career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of R486,113.

How do you become a school principal in South Africa?

The minimum requirement is a REQV14 qualification (matric + four years qualification)

Certification through the South African Council of Educators (SACE)-proof of registration required.

Police clearance certificate required.

Valid driver’s license and own transport essential.

Essential experience and skills

A minimum of 5 years experience on a school senior leadership team

Experience of leadership in a highly successful school that provides an outstanding education for its learners

A track record of leading successful learner interventions and improving learner outcomes

A track record of high expectations personally and professionally

Solid experience in performance management of staff

Sound knowledge of the South African Education Act and WCED policies and procedures

Experience in school governance, the management of resources and budgets

Excellent time management skills and an ability to multi-task and prioritize work

Be computer literate and MS Office proficient