School Secretary Salary

Women comprise the majority of School Secretaries in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $27K per year on average. Earnings sit near $19K on the lower side but can approach $40K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$17,926 - $41,351
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,382
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$9.73 - $18.48
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,926 - $41,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
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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$19,027 - $40,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $18.48  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $29.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
   
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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$19,027 - $40,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, School Secretaries sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. It is quite typical for School Secretaries to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $3K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


Survey results imply that School Secretaries put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Records Management. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $26K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Secretaries make a median salary of $30K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries



National Average
$28,000



Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Scheduling
0%

Accounting
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Records Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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