Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Salary

Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $70K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,473 - $104,789
(Median)
$38K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,010
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$10.34 - $59.18
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$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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Pay by Experience Level for Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $85K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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