School Secretary Salary

The larger portion of School Secretaries in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $27K annually. Earnings sit near $19K on the lower side but can approach $40K per year on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most School Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, nearly one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$17,916 - $40,830
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,371
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$9.71 - $18.54
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,916 - $40,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
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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$18,970 - $40,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 839
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $18.54  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $28.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
   
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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$18,970 - $40,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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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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For School Secretaries, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. School Secretaries most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


School Secretaries report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 3 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Records Management. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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.


For School Secretaries, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average.

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Records Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%
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