School Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of School Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $27K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $19K to $40K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, School Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too.

$17,851 - $40,807
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,271
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$9.72 - $18.55
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,851 - $40,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
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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$18,931 - $40,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 833
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $18.55  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $28.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
   
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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$18,931 - $40,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 658
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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 Secretaries who go on to become Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Assistants is $45K 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 $8K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


Survey results show that School Secretaries use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Office Administration, 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. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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%

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$28,000

Records Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 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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