In May 2008, preschool and child care program administrators had
median annual wages of $39,940. The middle 50 percent earned between
$31,290 and $54,680. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,910
and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,150.
2008, elementary and secondary school administrators had median
annual wages of $83,880. The middle 50 percent earned between $68,360
and $102,830. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,580 and
the highest 10 percent earned more than $124,250.
2008, postsecondary school administrators had median annual wages
of $80,670. The middle 50 percent earned between $58,940 and $113,860.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,050 and the highest 10
percent earned more than $160,500.
of education administrators depend on several factors, including
the location and enrollment level of the school or school district.
to a survey of public schools conducted by Educational Research
Service, average salaries for principals and assistant principals
in the 2007-2008 school year were as follows:
Senior high school $97,486
Jr. high/middle school 91,334
Elementary school 85,907
Senior high school 79,391
Jr. high/middle school 76,053
Elementary school 71,192
According to the College and University Professional Association
for Human Resources, median annual salaries for selected administrators
in higher education during the 2008-2009 school year were as follows:
Chief academic officer $158,000
Arts and sciences 134,632
Graduate programs 130,000
Health-related professions 120,980
Continuing education 109,925
Occupational studies/vocational education 92,622
Chief development officer 141,712
Dean of students 88,280
Director, student financial aid 74,261
Director, student activities 54,931
Benefits for education administrators are generally very good. Many
get 4 or 5 weeks of vacation every year and have generous health
and pension packages. Many colleges and universities offer free
tuition to employees and their families.