School Secretary Salary
The larger portion of School Secretaries in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $28K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for School Secretaries, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$18,305 - $44,464|
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|$19,490 - $41,283|
|Hourly Rate||$9.86 - $18.66|
|Overtime||$13.55 - $28.56|
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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
Though some School Secretaries move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. 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
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Microsoft Office, Customer Relations, and Scheduling 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for School Secretaries — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Secretaries make a median salary of $31K. School Secretaries 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 $32K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, School Secretaries in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. School Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+44 percent), Jersey City (+40 percent), Akron (+33 percent), and Milwaukee (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Tucson School Secretaries have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 25 percent less in Memphis and 11 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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