School Secretary Salary
Most School Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $28K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for School Secretaries is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$18,305 - $44,639|
|Total Pay (||$19,523 - $41,460|
|Hourly Rate||$9.88 - $18.82|
|Overtime||$13.55 - $29.56|
|Total Pay (||$19,523 - $41,460|
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.Read More...
A school secretary should be able to initiate and respond to emails; prepare letters, reports, and other documents; maintain student records; and order school supplies. A school secretary should have the ability to handle petty cash, track accounts payable and receivable, and work with invoices. A school secretary must have the flexibility to manage a variety of tasks and prioritize them appropriately and function as part of a larger team.
Qualifications to work as a school secretary may vary widely depending on the educational institution, but generally a minimum of a high school diploma is required. Many educational institutions may also require some secondary education, such as a degree in education. Most educational institutions will require prior clerical experience. Previous customer service experience may be required. Most school secretaries will be required to pass a drug screen.
School Secretary Tasks
- Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
- Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
Common Career Paths for School Secretary
It's not very common for School Secretaries to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $56K annually. A common career progression for a School Secretary is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant. Compared to School Secretaries, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.
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Popular Skills for School Secretary
School Secretaries seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Microsoft Office, Office Administration, and Microsoft Word 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 Accounting also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service, Typing, and Customer Relations.
Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary
Pay by Experience for a School Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level School Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 504 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 282 salaries. An experienced School Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 350 salaries. A School Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 143 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for School Secretaries, New York offers exceptional salaries, 76 percent above the national average. School Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+44 percent), Jersey City (+40 percent), Akron (+34 percent), and Milwaukee (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for School Secretaries is geography, with workers in Tucson earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Memphis and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 25 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.
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