School Secretary Salary

Most School Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $29K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, School Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While 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. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,086 - $45,704
$19K
$29K
$46K
MEDIAN: $28,916
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$10.24 - $19.47
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MEDIAN: $13.95
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$0$45K
Salary $19,086 - $45,704
Bonus $750
Total Pay (?
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$20,311 - $42,348
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 528
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.24 - $19.47
Overtime $14.81 - $29.61
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $750
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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$20,311 - $42,348
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 505

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.

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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


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While School Secretaries do not often become Registered Nurses, the job pays $56K per year on average. School Secretaries typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $3K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for School Secretary


School Secretaries seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Microsoft Office, Office Administration, and Microsoft Word 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 Accounting also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Customer Service, Typing, and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for School Secretary

Pay by Experience for a School Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level School Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 504 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 282 salaries. An experienced School Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 350 salaries. A School Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 143 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,034

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for School Secretaries, New York offers exceptional salaries, 71 percent above the national average. School Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+40 percent), Jersey City (+36 percent), Akron (+30 percent), and Milwaukee (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Tucson School Secretaries have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Houston (27 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

School Secretary Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a School Secretary?

School Secretary in Blanchard:
"Middle School Students."
Pros: The kids. I believe they are our future and they need people who will help be positive roll models outside if their home life.
Cons: The pay. I have researched the pay for this job, and I am under paid for what I do. I Love my job, but to be making just a little more than what I made as a Cook is crazy.

School Secretary in Tucson:
"Very busy different everyday."
Pros: Working with teachers kids parents.
Cons: My pay.

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Key Stats for School Secretary

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects School Secretary Salaries

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$29,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect School Secretary Salaries

National Average
$29,000







▼7%

Bilingual
▼7%

▼8%

▼9%

Records Management
▼19%

Data Entry
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 24%