School Secretary Salary
Women make up the vast majority of School Secretaries in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $28K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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
There are some School Secretaries — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K 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 $7K higher per year.
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Popular Skills for School Secretary
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Office Administration, Customer Relations, and Microsoft Excel 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 Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Customer Service, Typing, and Customer Relations.
Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
School Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. School Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. School Secretaries who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $32K.