School Secretary Salary

Most School Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $28K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for School Secretaries is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,305 - $44,639
$18K
$28K
$45K
MEDIAN: $27,929
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90%

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$9.88 - $18.82
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$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,305 - $44,639  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$19,523 - $41,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $18.82  
   
Overtime
$13.55 - $29.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$19,523 - $41,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 479

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Job Description for School Secretary

A school secretary should possess a variety of skills and abilities, including good oral and written communication skills, proper telephone etiquette, the ability to handle a multiline phone system, strong organization skills, a methodical work approach, the ability to work under pressure. He or she should have competency in using a variety of office equipment and computer programs, including printers, photocopiers, word processing, spreadsheets, and proprietary software. He or she should also have basic math skills, respect for confidentiality, and the ability to work with a wide variety of people, including students, teachers, school support staff, parents, and guardians.

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School Secretary Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for School Secretary


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It's not very common for School Secretaries to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $56K annually. A common career progression for a School Secretary is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant. Compared to School Secretaries, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


School Secretaries seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Microsoft Office, Office Administration, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Records Management and Accounting also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service, Typing, and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary

Pay by Experience for a School Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level School Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 504 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 282 salaries. An experienced School Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 350 salaries. A School Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 143 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,024

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for School Secretaries, New York offers exceptional salaries, 76 percent above the national average. School Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+44 percent), Jersey City (+40 percent), Akron (+34 percent), and Milwaukee (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for School Secretaries is geography, with workers in Tucson earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Memphis and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 25 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for School Secretary

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$28,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

National Average
$28,000







▼3%

Bilingual
▼4%

▼5%

▼6%

Records Management
▼16%

Data Entry
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 26%