Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salary

The majority of Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $105K per year, and the median is $71K per year. Female Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,232 - $104,400
(Median)
$36K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,637
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$8.07 - $59.60
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$16
$60
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$36,232 - $104,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,946  
Total Pay (?
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$35,759 - $104,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $59.60  
   
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,946  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,759 - $104,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Job Description for Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

Education administrators who specialize in elementary and secondary school environments typically work long hours during the school year. Administrators, such as the principal and vice principal, are typically onsite in a building several hours before the school day begins, as well as several hours after the final bell rings. Administrators work year-round to set their schools on a path to success, but are usually able to reduce the amount of hours they work when school is not in session during the summer.

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Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Tasks

  • Ensure compliance with all laws, implement safety regulations, and establish behavioral standards for students.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate school staff for a school or program.
  • Secure adequate funding for school or program by submitting budget requests, apply for grants or other supplemental funding.
  • Oversee the administration, curriculum, services, and resources at a school or of a specific program offered by the school.
  • Communicate school or program goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and school board.

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Survey results show that Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators typically report just a few professional skills. People Management and Childhood Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Childhood Education, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $86K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Skills That Affect Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 12%
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