Slightly less than three-fifths of Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $36K to $103K per year, and the average comes out to $66K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $66,106
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$39,777 - $102,657  
   
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$0.00 - $12,080  
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$35,841 - $102,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $42.50  
   
Overtime
$19.75  
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$0.00 - $12,080  
   
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$35,841 - $102,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • 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.
  • Secure adequate funding for school or program by submitting budget requests, apply for grants or other supplemental funding.
  • 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.

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

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


Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $80K.

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Key Stats for Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

Administration
up arrow 13%

People Management
up arrow 11%

National Average
$65,000

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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