School Secretary Salary

Most School Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $27K per year. Compensation ranges from $19K on the lower end to $40K per year on the higher end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of School Secretaries claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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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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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There are some School Secretaries — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $55K annually. Career advancement for the typical School Secretary often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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 proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, 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 many School Secretaries, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $26K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $28K. For School Secretaries, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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