Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salary (United States)

Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with 52 percent bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68,121 annually on average but can range from $34,551 to $101,172 per year. The greater part enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. The majority of Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators (63 percent) are female. Job satisfaction for Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,994 - $101,402
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$0.00 - $6,854  
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$34,551 - $101,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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$10.50 - $27.50  
   
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$0.00 - $6,854  
   
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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$34,551 - $101,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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
  • 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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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 is important when determining pay for Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators. At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $60K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $77K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators who have made it this far report earning around $78K per year. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%