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School Secretary Salary

School Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $27K per year for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $19K, and the top verges on $40K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$17,844 - $40,902
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,235
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$9.80 - $18.69
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,844 - $40,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$19,085 - $40,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 817
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $18.69  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $28.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$19,085 - $40,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 668

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Job Description for School Secretary

School secretaries work in a variety of educational institutions such as elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, and technical schools. Their job tasks consist of typing up correspondences and compiling important data for a school's expense and statistics reports. During the day they are required to politely answer incoming phone calls, greet anyone who visits the school, and resolve information requests. If they are unable to resolve the requests, they route them up their chain of command. They also coordinate space and office organization. Their normal work schedules are the same as the school principals, which may be anytime between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. All work is done indoors. The work environment is an office within the school's main administration office. School secretaries work closely with other employees and supervisors in the administration office, such as the principal and school counselors. They also address the administrative needs of the school's students, which may be outside of the job tasks of the school's teachers. A typical day consists of scheduling meetings, appointments, and travel for the school's employees. They also maintain both the paper and electronic files of the school. The level of education required is normally an associate's degree, but a bachelor's degree may be required for employment at colleges. Some elementary schools ask their school secretary applicants to have at least five years of experience in an administrative position if they do not possess an educational degree.


School Secretary Tasks

  • Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
  • Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.

Common Career Paths for School Secretary


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School Secretaries who go on to become Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Assistants is $45K annually. Typical career progression for a School Secretary involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $3K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


Survey results suggest that School Secretaries use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounting, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Records Management. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Typing and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary

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


School Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. School Secretaries see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Customer Relations
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$28,000

Records Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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