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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. Earnings generally vary between $19K and $40K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$17,801 - $40,821
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,196
10%
50%
90%

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$9.77 - $18.66
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,801 - $40,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$19,032 - $40,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $18.66  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $28.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$19,032 - $40,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675

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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. Typical career progression for a School Secretary involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $3K more and $8K more on average.

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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 Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Records Management. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. School Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. 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 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Customer Relations
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$28,000

Records Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
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: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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