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Elementary and Secondary School Administrators

Elementary and secondary school administrators oversee the daily activities in schools and provide instructional leadership. They're also known as principals. They establish educational standards and goals and set the policies and procedures that are necessary to achieve them. Elementary and secondary school administrators create academic programs, observe the educational progress of students and provide motivation to teachers and other school personnel.

Students meeting local and state academic requirements is a major objective of school principals. Part of the job includes preparing budgets and overseeing record keeping. They also oversee teachers, support staff, counselors, librarians and other personnel.

When the school has inadequate resources, school principals become advocates for school repairs and other issues. Due to the tightening of school budgets, some principals are involved with fundraising activities with the community and local businesses.

Some principals, with the assistance from community organizations, have developed programs to deal with drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and crime. During the summer, principals typically spend some time with tasks such as making plans for the next year, managing summer school and supervising building improvements and repairs.

Responsibilities

  • Deal with parents and the community
  • Collaborate with teachers to set and maintain curriculum standards
  • Hire and evaluate teachers and other personnel
  • Set performance goals
  • Answer staffs' questions about procedures
  • Observe teaching methods in classrooms
  • Develop budgets
  • Examine learning materials
  • Prepare reports

Job Characteristics

Many elementary and secondary school administrators find working with students very rewarding. However, dealing with difficult children can be challenging. In addition, elementary and secondary school principals may have to attend after-school functions.

Due to spending time interacting with teachers, students and parents, good communication, interpersonal and motivational skills are important for the occupation. Having a solid foundation in leadership principles and practices is beneficial.

Employment Outlook

Employment of elementary and secondary school education administrators has been projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 9 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Employment opportunities may vary by regions of the country.

In 2008 the median annual wage for elementary and secondary school administrators was $83,880. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $124,250. The salary of education administrators often depends on several factors such as the location and enrollment level of the school or the school district.

School principals may move up into superintendent jobs. Superintendents have opportunities to take jobs in larger school districts or in the state or federal government.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Typically, public school principals begin their careers as teachers. Some teachers go directly into a principal job, however some teachers first become assistant principals or acquire experience in administrative positions at the school or district level.

Usually, a master's degree in education administration or educational leadership is required for a school principal job. A number of school principals have earned a doctorate or a specialized degree in education administration. In private schools, the majority of principals have achieved a master's or a doctoral degree, however some private school principals have only a bachelor's degree.

Education administration degree programs typically provide courses in school leadership, school law, school finance and budgeting, research design and data analysis, curriculum development and evaluation, community relations and other subjects.

In most states principals are required to be licensed as school administrators. License requirements vary by state, however a master's degree or some other type of graduate level training is required by nearly all the states. In some states it's necessary for candidates for licensure to pass a test. In some states administrators must take continuing education courses in order to keep their license. Principals that work in private schools are not subject to state licensure requirements.

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Major Employers

The major employers are public schools and private schools.

Schools for Elementary And Secondary School Administrators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Elementary and Secondary School Administrators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Elementary and Secondary School Administrators jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 690 $81,630
Birmingham 690 $81,630
Huntsville 330 $78,450
Mobile 310 $75,650
Montgomery 200 $76,460
Tuscaloosa 140 $82,020
Foley 120 $74,560
Daphne 120 $74,560
Fairhope 120 $74,560
Muscle Shoals 110 $80,660
Florence 110 $80,660
Dothan 100 $73,890
Opelika 90 $87,440
Auburn 90 $87,440
Oxford 80 $72,040
Anniston 80 $72,040
Jacksonville 80 $72,040
Gadsden 80 $78,070
Decatur 60 $84,990
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 240 $120,080
Fairbanks N/A $139,580
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 2870 $77,930
Phoenix 2870 $77,930
Scottsdale 2870 $77,930
Tucson 740 $70,500
Prescott 160 $67,430
Yuma 140 $72,590
Flagstaff 140 $73,050
Kingman 120 $68,500
Lake Havasu City 120 $68,500
Sierra Vista 90 $73,550
Douglas 90 $73,550
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 580 $82,660
North Little Rock 580 $82,660
Little Rock 580 $82,660
Jonesboro 100 $76,960
Pine Bluff 80 $74,490
Hot Springs 60 $88,320
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 5820 $117,750
Anaheim 5820 $117,750
Long Beach 5820 $117,750
Oakland 2520 $117,630
Hayward 2520 $117,630
San Francisco 2520 $117,630
Ontario 2040 $118,800
San Bernardino 2040 $118,800
Riverside 2040 $118,800
Carlsbad 1500 $119,510
San Diego 1500 $119,510
Roseville 1270 $108,760
Arcade 1270 $108,760
Arden 1270 $108,760
Sacramento 1270 $108,760
San Jose 1210 $120,430
Sunnyvale 1210 $120,430
Santa Clara 1210 $120,430
Fresno 790 $113,550
Bakersfield 580 $104,140
Oxnard 460 $113,480
Thousand Oaks 460 $113,480
Ventura 460 $113,480
Stockton 380 $115,070
Lodi 380 $115,070
Modesto 330 $118,880
Porterville 300 $117,470
Visalia 300 $117,470
Salinas 270 $116,270
Santa Rosa 260 $102,610
Santa Barbara 260 $112,560
Santa Maria 260 $112,560
Vallejo 220 $99,040
Fairfield 220 $99,040
Santa Cruz 210 $104,200
Watsonville 210 $104,200
Redding 180 $114,920
Merced 170 $113,500
Paso Robles 130 $106,840
Arroyo Grande 130 $106,840
San Luis Obispo 130 $106,840
Napa 130 $117,290
Yuba City 130 $120,020
Chico 100 $91,840
El Centro 100 $110,510
Hanford 90 $113,990
Corcoran 90 $113,990
Madera 80 $109,210
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2330 $90,460
Denver 2330 $90,460
Lakewood 2330 $90,460
Colorado Springs 710 $85,220
Boulder 280 $99,520
Greeley 240 $85,020
Fort Collins 220 $92,610
Pueblo 120 $81,830
Grand Junction 100 $86,620
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1180 $126,910
West Hartford 1180 $126,910
Hartford 1180 $126,910
Stamford 1050 $142,740
Norwalk 1050 $142,740
Bridgeport 1050 $142,740
New Haven 630 $127,360
Waterbury 230 $124,690
Danbury 150 $136,090
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $111,000
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1150 $108,790
Miami 1150 $108,790
Fort Lauderdale 1150 $108,790
St. Petersburg 680 $91,070
Clearwater 680 $91,070
Tampa 680 $91,070
Orlando 540 $90,450
Kissimmee 540 $90,450
Sanford 540 $90,450
Jacksonville 420 $91,670
Winter Haven 180 $91,260
Lakeland 180 $91,260
North Port 160 $97,800
Bradenton 160 $97,800
Sarasota 160 $97,800
Tallahassee 150 $87,690
Fort Myers 150 $101,160
Cape Coral 150 $101,160
Deltona 130 $85,810
Daytona Beach 130 $85,810
Ormond Beach 130 $85,810
Ferry Pass 130 $90,360
Brent 130 $90,360
Pensacola 130 $90,360
Titusville 130 $90,400
Melbourne 130 $90,400
Palm Bay 130 $90,400
Gainesville 90 $76,300
Port St. Lucie 90 $95,770
Marco Island 80 $118,930
Immokalee 80 $118,930
Naples 80 $118,930
Destin 60 $101,920
Fort Walton Beach 60 $101,920
Crestview 60 $101,920
Panama City 50 $73,740
Sebastian 50 $88,400
Vero Beach 50 $88,400
Ocala N/A $73,720
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 4570 $90,890
Atlanta 4570 $90,890
Roswell 4570 $90,890
Savannah 220 $84,730
Albany 180 $93,370
Macon 160 $84,960
Gainesville 130 $89,810
Clarke County 130 $90,060
Athens 130 $90,060
Warner Robins 130 $92,070
Dalton 110 $80,020
Valdosta 90 $75,660
Rome 70 $83,240
Brunswick 60 $98,630
Hinesville 50 $100,510
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 670 $85,900
Lahaina N/A $78,930
Wailuku N/A $78,930
Kahului N/A $78,930
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 370 $86,710
Idaho Falls 90 $82,020
Coeur d'Alene 40 $75,820
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 350 $82,680
Springfield 310 $93,010
Urbana 190 $86,760
Champaign 190 $86,760
Bloomington 140 $88,840
Decatur 110 $78,520
Marion 90 $83,390
Carbondale 90 $83,390
Danville 70 $82,450
Rockford N/A $93,190
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1470 $90,350
Anderson 1470 $90,350
Carmel 1470 $90,350
Fort Wayne 310 $86,340
Goshen 160 $85,630
Elkhart 160 $85,630
West Lafayette 90 $79,310
Lafayette 90 $79,310
Terre Haute 90 $81,190
La Porte 80 $78,370
Michigan City 80 $78,370
Muncie 80 $78,620
Bloomington 70 $73,020
Columbus 70 $76,830
Kokomo 70 $77,470
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 660 $99,530
West Des Moines 660 $99,530
Cedar Rapids 180 $97,480
Cedar Falls 130 $98,430
Waterloo 130 $98,430
Dubuque 100 $94,920
Iowa City 90 $101,640
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 460 $81,510
Topeka 180 $86,640
Lawrence 70 $83,130
Manhattan 50 $82,100
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 360 $88,700
Fayette 360 $88,700
Bowling Green 130 $78,880
Fort Knox 130 $86,700
Elizabethtown 130 $86,700
Owensboro 100 $87,520
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 1060 $79,330
New Orleans 1060 $79,330
Baton Rouge 570 $74,410
Shreveport 370 $75,120
Bossier City 370 $75,120
Lafayette 330 $68,180
Monroe 190 $76,070
Alexandria 160 $63,740
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 340 $92,750
Portland 340 $92,750
Auburn 110 $78,360
Lewiston 110 $78,360
Bangor 110 $79,920
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2880 $101,410
Towson 2880 $101,410
Columbia 2880 $101,410
Lexington Park 80 $112,480
California 80 $112,480
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 230 $102,030
New Bedford 180 $107,000
Gardner 140 $106,160
Leominster 140 $106,160
Pittsfield 80 $91,740
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2400 $97,680
Detroit 2400 $97,680
Warren 2400 $97,680
Grand Rapids 900 $90,270
Wyoming 900 $90,270
Lansing 320 $88,910
East Lansing 320 $88,910
Portage 220 $85,370
Kalamazoo 220 $85,370
Ann Arbor 200 $93,880
Flint 200 $97,320
Benton Harbor 160 $77,520
Niles 160 $77,520
Monroe 130 $92,630
Muskegon 120 $80,080
Jackson 110 $86,000
Saginaw 100 $89,070
Battle Creek 100 $92,110
Bay City 60 $96,960
Midland 50 $94,770
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 110 $96,980
St. Cloud 90 $95,620
Mankato 50 $111,620
North Mankato 50 $111,620
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 480 $68,130
Pascagoula 270 $79,920
Biloxi 270 $79,920
Gulfport 270 $79,920
Hattiesburg 100 $74,000
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 300 $89,990
Jefferson City 200 N/A
Joplin 150 $81,330
Columbia 100 $80,990
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 120 $83,110
Missoula 60 $93,790
Great Falls 40 $82,090
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 120 $98,420
Grand Island 80 $97,270
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1220 $91,740
Henderson 1220 $91,740
Las Vegas 1220 $91,740
Reno 300 $91,440
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 170 $77,400
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 490 $127,150
Atlantic City 230 $120,800
Hammonton 230 $120,800
Vineland 160 $114,540
Bridgeton 160 $114,540
Ocean City 80 $115,860
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 630 $78,220
Las Cruces 200 $88,870
Santa Fe 130 $81,930
Farmington 100 $83,870
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 1100 $93,060
Cheektowaga 1100 $93,060
Buffalo 1100 $93,060
Rochester 1050 $98,900
Albany 600 $108,490
Schenectady 600 $108,490
Troy 600 $108,490
Syracuse 470 $93,010
Utica 260 $89,110
Rome 260 $89,110
Binghamton 220 $87,330
Kingston 130 $119,000
Glens Falls 90 $103,940
Ithaca 80 $89,610
Watertown 80 $96,010
Fort Drum 80 $96,010
Elmira 40 $98,350
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1130 $69,270
Greensboro 620 $65,570
High Point 620 $65,570
Durham 540 $65,670
Chapel Hill 540 $65,670
Winston 460 $61,850
Salem 460 $61,850
Asheville 360 $59,070
Morganton 270 $61,830
Hickory 270 $61,830
Lenoir 270 $61,830
Fayetteville 260 $56,550
Wilmington 240 $61,140
Greenville 150 $62,490
Burlington 140 $70,460
Rocky Mount 130 $60,890
New Bern 70 $59,750
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 90 $109,580
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 2040 $87,020
Cleveland 2040 $87,020
Columbus 1660 $87,510
Akron 650 $89,640
Dayton 590 $90,200
Toledo 460 $78,750
Canton 300 $88,240
Massillon 300 $88,240
Springfield 110 $84,310
Mansfield 100 $79,890
Lima 70 $86,410
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 970 $72,050
Tulsa 750 $72,390
Lawton 80 $65,250
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 300 $105,420
Eugene 190 $97,110
Medford 150 $95,360
Redmond 150 $108,880
Bend 150 $108,880
Albany 100 $100,160
Corvallis 60 $107,370
Grants Pass N/A $94,130
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1300 $100,790
Lancaster 460 $92,370
Harrisburg 370 $87,790
Carlisle 370 $87,790
Scranton 270 $89,880
Wilkes 270 $89,880
Barre 270 $89,880
Hazleton 270 $89,880
Hanover 260 $100,530
York 260 $100,530
Reading 210 $96,690
Erie 180 $89,570
Altoona 90 $92,510
Lebanon 90 $96,440
Williamsport 80 $92,310
Berwick 70 $91,160
Bloomsburg 70 $91,160
Gettysburg 60 $88,690
Waynesboro 60 $94,580
Chambersburg 60 $94,580
East Stroudsburg 60 $99,600
State College 60 $101,730
Johnstown N/A $88,880
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ponce 180 $49,270
Isabela 170 $49,310
Aguadilla 170 $49,310
San German 60 $48,220
Mayag�ez 50 $47,530
Caguas N/A $50,140
San Juan N/A $50,140
Carolina N/A $50,140
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 690 $84,250
Mauldin 590 $82,430
Greenville 590 $82,430
Anderson 590 $82,430
Charleston 530 $83,260
North Charleston 530 $83,260
Spartanburg 280 $83,580
Florence 190 $74,580
Beaufort 180 $80,670
Hilton Head Island 180 $80,670
Bluffton 180 $80,670
Sumter 110 $76,670
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 130 $96,150
Rapid City 80 $84,760
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1540 $80,430
Franklin 1540 $80,430
Davidson 1540 $80,430
Nashville 1540 $80,430
Knoxville 680 $77,660
Johnson City 140 $69,130
Jackson 130 $71,730
Morristown 100 $72,040
Cleveland 70 $76,750
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 6650 $83,720
Fort Worth 6650 $83,720
Arlington 6650 $83,720
The Woodlands 5310 $84,450
Sugar Land 5310 $84,450
Houston 5310 $84,450
San Antonio 2110 $81,250
New Braunfels 2110 $81,250
Round Rock 1700 $77,830
Austin 1700 $77,830
Mission 870 $83,820
Edinburg 870 $83,820
McAllen 870 $83,820
Killeen 420 $70,680
Temple 420 $70,680
Corpus Christi 410 $81,560
Port Arthur 310 $73,330
Beaumont 310 $73,330
Waco 310 $76,130
Lubbock 300 $77,510
Laredo 270 $84,640
Longview 250 $74,910
Amarillo 240 $73,580
Tyler 200 $73,290
College Station 190 $73,720
Bryan 190 $73,720
Odessa 160 $78,500
Wichita Falls 150 $71,490
Abilene 140 $72,360
Sherman 110 $80,790
Denison 110 $80,790
Victoria 100 $70,180
San Angelo 90 $68,400
Midland 80 $79,230
Harlingen N/A $73,920
Brownsville N/A $73,920
El Paso N/A $79,900
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 750 $90,080
Clearfield 360 $90,700
Ogden 360 $90,700
Orem 320 $88,120
Provo 320 $88,120
St. George 60 $87,250
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 220 $95,660
Burlington 220 $95,660
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 980 $85,290
Roanoke 290 $83,840
Charlottesville 220 $81,270
Lynchburg 200 $80,450
Waynesboro 110 $75,500
Staunton 110 $75,500
Blacksburg 90 $75,760
Christiansburg 90 $75,760
Radford 90 $75,760
Harrisonburg 90 $82,300
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 2360 $117,300
Tacoma 2360 $117,300
Seattle 2360 $117,300
Spokane Valley 330 $108,570
Spokane 330 $108,570
Yakima 240 $100,260
Kennewick 230 $100,810
Richland 230 $100,810
Tumwater 210 $110,450
Olympia 210 $110,450
Bremerton 150 $116,140
Silverdale 150 $116,140
Bellingham 130 $110,730
Wenatchee 90 $110,500
Mount Vernon 90 $112,470
Anacortes 90 $112,470
Longview 70 $103,070
Walla Walla 50 $98,300
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 300 $70,510
Beckley 120 $78,050
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1180 $98,620
Waukesha 1180 $98,620
Milwaukee 1180 $98,620
Madison 450 $96,080
Green Bay 290 $96,300
Appleton 230 $95,210
Janesville 220 $98,110
Beloit 220 $98,110
Sheboygan 150 $88,180
Racine 140 $92,880
Neenah 100 $100,880
Oshkosh 100 $100,880
Eau Claire 90 $94,480
Wausau 80 $92,340
Fond du Lac 70 $89,880

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Elementary and Secondary School Administrators

To find out more about building a career as School Administrators, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

Saint Mary's University's long history of innovation in education continues with the launch of our new iPad® application, allowing for learning on the go. Our commitment to our Lasallian Catholic tradition of continuous learning, ethics and advancing the common good also endures.

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Elementary and Secondary School Administrators.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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