School Administrator Salaries by State


Education administrator jobs include elementary and secondary school principals, assistant principals, headmasters and academic deans. Most careers in educational administration should offer "excellent" opportunities through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Salaries for school administrators at elementary and secondary schools vary a great deal by state. The average nationwide salary for these professionals is $87,390 per year as of 2009.

Employment Per Capita

  • According to 2009 federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), West Virginia has the largest concentration of school administrators by state, with an average salary of $60,760 per year. Rounding out the top five states in terms of per capita concentration are Vermont, where the average annual salary is $79,080; Maine, at $69,500; New Jersey, at $107,090; and Illinois, at $101,760.

Lowest Averages

  • While West Virginia has the most elementary and secondary school administrators per capita, it is also the lowest-paying state for these professionals as of 2009, in terms of average annual salaries. The other lowest-paying states are Oklahoma, at $64,810; Montana, at $65,120; South Dakota, at $65,590; and Louisiana, at $67,380 per year.

High Averages

  • The state paying the highest annual salaries, on average, to school administrators is Connecticut, where their average salary is $109,850 per year as of 2009. Other states in the top five for high-school administrator pay are New Jersey, at $107,090; Delaware, at $103,630; California, at $103,600; and New York, at $103,510.

Top 10 Percent

  • As of 2009, the top 10 percent of school administrators in Illinois earn annual salaries at or above $154,030; in New Jersey, $143,890; in New York, $140,450; in Maryland, $135,370; and in California, $135,060.

Bottom 10 Percent

  • As of 2009, West Virginia ranks at the bottom of the list for the lowest salaries, with the bottom 10 percent at $36,070 per year and below. The other lowest salaries are in Montana, with the bottom 10 percent of school administrators having annual salaries at or below $40,160; in North Carolina, $45,270; in Tennessee, $47,160; and in Oklahoma, $48,300.

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