Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salary

More than half of Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $38K to $105K per year, but median earnings come to around $70K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,473 - $104,789
(Median)
$38K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,010
10%
50%
90%

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$10.34 - $59.18
(Median)
$10
$20
$59
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,473 - $104,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,766  
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
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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$37,870 - $105,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$11.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,766  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
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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$37,870 - $105,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 imply that Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Administration, People Management, Childhood Education, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Curriculum Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Operations Management and Childhood Education also typically command lower compensation.

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

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $85K.

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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 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

Administration
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 8%

Operations Management
up arrow 14%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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