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Elementary and Secondary School Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Supervises teachers, counselors, librarians and other school staff, manages a school budget and finances, provides instructional leadership and monitors progress toward local, state and federal educational standards. Directs student discipline and works with parents and community partners. May work in other school district administrative or professional positions such as school district superintendent.

Job Outlook

There were 727 Elementary and Secondary School Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 26330 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Elementary and Secondary School Administrator industry, which includes the Elementary and Secondary School Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Elementary and Secondary School Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,570.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,561.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Elementary and Secondary School Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,248.

Education and Experience

Posted Elementary and Secondary School Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree52%
Master's Degree45%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other1%

Posted Elementary and Secondary School Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years33%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years8%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Elementary and Secondary School Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
  • Planning (21%)
  • Organizational Skills (18%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (36%)
  • Special Education (10%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (17%)
  • Budgeting (16%)
  • Staff Management (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Lesson Planning (4%)
  • Educational Programs (4%)
  • Staff Development (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Elementary and Secondary School Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Title Coordinator
  • School Principal
  • Dean Of Students
  • Registrar
  • Sheds Built

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Elementary and Secondary School Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Idea Public Schools (403)
  • National Alliance For Public Charter Schools (204)
  • YMCA (193)
  • Soliant (168)
  • Clark County School District (148)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (55)
  • Wake County Schools (25)
  • Union County Public Schools (17)
  • Durham Public Schools (16)
  • University of North Carolina (14)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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