A principal at a local school will often have a secretary to handle common clerical and administrative work on his behalf. The secretary is responsible for handling most of the communication between the school and the students’ parents, teachers and the local community. Secretaries also track student records, including attendance and academic records. The salary of a principal secretary is influenced by experience and the location of the school.
School Secretary Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2010, 218,600 individuals work in this particular industry. The average of secretaries in elementary and secondary schools earn close to $15.76 an hour, approximating an annual pay of $32,790.
Average Secretary Salary
The average salary for a principal or school secretary is slightly below the national average for secretaries. While the average for school secretaries is $15.76, the average for secretaries in various industries is closer to $15.83. This is an average of approximately $800 more per year for school secretaries, as the national average is $32,000 per annum. However, the national data also explains that secretaries may earn as little as $9.47 per hour and as much as $22.32 per hour.
Top Paying Locations
Since the bureau classifies principal secretaries as a general secretary, the top paying data also relates to academic and principal secretaries. The District of Columbia offers an average salary of $48,240, which is the highest average salary for the secretary profession in the United States. Secretaries also earn more than the nationwide average in Massachusetts, Alaska and Connecticut. These states offer salaries of $39,180, $38,690 and $38,560 respectively.
School Secretary Qualifications
A principal secretary must fulfill specific qualifications to get a job as a secretary with a school board. Qualifications include being fluent in English, having excellent telephone communication skills, excellent typing and organizational skills, familiarity with school policies and operations, a willingness to speak with both students and parents, and a willingness to perform first-aid if needed be. In addition, the secretary must enjoy working with children and have the ability to be firm when necessary.