Women make up the vast majority of School Secretaries in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $28K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all.

$18,639 - $44,479
(Median)
$19K
$28K
$44K
MEDIAN: $28,270
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50%
90%

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$9.83 - $18.51
(Median)
$9
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,639 - $44,479  
   
Bonus
$900  
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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$19,637 - $41,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $18.51  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $30.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$900  
   
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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$19,637 - $41,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 508
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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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There are some School Secretaries — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. 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 $7K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Office Administration, Customer Relations, and Microsoft Excel 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 Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Customer Service, 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. School Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. School Secretaries who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $32K.

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Customer Relations
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

up arrow 6%


Bilingual
up arrow 12%

Records Management
up arrow 17%

Data Entry
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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