School Secretary Salary

School Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $27K annually for pay. Earnings generally vary between $19K and $40K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$17,799 - $41,078
(Median)
$18K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $27,350
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90%

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$9.78 - $18.70
(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
$17,799 - $41,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
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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$19,011 - $40,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 827
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $18.70  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $27.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $519  
   
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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$19,011 - $40,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 668

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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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As School Secretaries transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Assistants earn $45K on average per year. The most common next step for a School Secretary is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


School Secretaries report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Records Management. Most people familiar with 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.


For School Secretaries, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. School Secretaries bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

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Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$28,000

Records Management
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%