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School Secretary Salary (United States)

Most School Secretarys in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $27K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $19K, and the higher rates verge on $40K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for School Secretarys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
School Secretary Salary (?
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$17,629 - $40,900
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MEDIAN: $27,137
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School Secretary Salary (?
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$9.68 - $18.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,629 - $40,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $695  
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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$18,728 - $40,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 819
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $18.64  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $27.84  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $695  
   
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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$18,728 - $40,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 685
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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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School Secretarys may experience if they take an upper-level role like Executive Assistant. The position pays an average $45K 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

School Secretarys seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. People who know Office Administration usually also know Customer Relations and Typing. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Typing and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. School Secretarys see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. School Secretarys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $31K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
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Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, School Secretarys in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. School Secretarys' salaries are heavily influenced by location — School Secretarys in Memphis bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee and Houston (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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Microsoft Office
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Typing
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%