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Education Administrators

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Earnings

In 2002, elementary and secondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $71,490; postsecondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $64,640, while preschool and childcare center administrators earned a median of $33,340 per year. Salaries of education administrators depend on several factors, including the location and enrollment level in the school or school district. According to a survey of public schools, conducted by the Educational Research Service, average salaries for principals and assistant principals in the 2002-03 school year were as follows:

Directors, managers, coordinators, and supervisors, finance and business

  • $81,451
Principals:
  • Elementary school $75,291
  • Jr. high/middle school $80,708
  • Senior high school $86,452
Assistant principals:
  • Elementary school $62,230
  • Jr. high/middle school $67,288
  • Senior high school $70,874

According to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, median annual salaries for selected administrators in higher education in 2001-02 were as follows:

Academic deans:
  • Business $107,414
  • Graduate programs $100,391
  • Education $100,227
  • Arts and sciences $98,780
  • Health-related professions $89,234
  • Nursing $88,386
  • Continuing education $84,457
  • Occupational or vocational education $73,595
Other administrators:
  • Dean of students $70,012
  • Director, admissions and registrar $61,519
  • Director, student financial aid $57,036
  • Director, annual giving $49,121
  • Director, student activities $41,050

Benefits for education administrators are generally very good. Many get 4 or 5 weeks vacation every year and have generous health and pension packages. Many colleges and universities offer free tuition to employees and their families.

Related Occupations

Education administrators apply organizational and leadership skills to provide services to individuals. Workers in related occupations include administrative services managers' office and administrative support worker supervisors and managers; human resource, training, and labor relations managers and specialists; and archivists, curators, and museum technicians. Education administrators also work with students and have backgrounds similar to those of counselors; librarians; instructional coordinators; teachers-preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary; and teachers-postsecondary.

 

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