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Educational Administration

Earnings Potential

Salaries for educational administrators vary widely depending on specific concentration and location. Elementary and secondary school administrators made an average of $74,190, while postsecondary school administrators made an average of $68,300 a year. Childcare center administrators made an average of $35,700 a year, while principals in high school made an average of $82,225 a year. Administrators in higher education, like deans, can earn a median salary of $79,000 and $120,000 a year.

Facts at a glance

  • Job opportunities and chances of advancement are likely to increase in the next ten years because a great proportion of educational administrators are expected to retire in the next ten years.
  • Educational administrators manage day-to-day activities in schools, preschools, daycare centers, and colleges and universities.
  • Education administrators work more than 40 hours a week, often including school activities at night and on weekends, as well as working 11-12 months out of the year.
  • Educational administrators who manage elementary, middle and secondary schools are called principals.


Summary of what this career entails

Educational administrators must have strong communication and interpersonal skills because the job requires you to work and collaborate with others. They are the leaders that must set great educational goals and standards for students and staff to follow. They also supervise managers, support staff, teachers, counselors, librarians, coaches, and other staff. Educational administrators also have other responsibilities like training teachers and other staff, monitors student progress, and prepare budgets.

Examples and or details of work

There are many types of administrators with different responsibilities, for example, educational administrators set academic tone and hire, evaluate, and help improve the skills of teachers and staff. According to Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia principals are head of a school appointed by the school board, superintendent, or other body. The make executive decisions that govern the school, they also have the power to hire and fire individuals.

Degrees that lead to this career

A master’s or doctoral degree is required for most educational administrator’s positions. Some of the degrees and certification you can attain include:

  • M.A. in Education Leadership And Administration: Principal; and Administrator Licensure
  • M.S. in Education- Leadership in Educational Administration
  • M.A. in Education/ Administration & Supervision
  • Doctor of Education- Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Organizational Leadership

Specific Career openings in this field

Some of the positions available for individuals include being principles, assistant principles, academic deans (business, arts and sciences, graduate programs, education, nursing, registrar, and student activities), and instructional supervisors in elementary, middle, and high schools.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Education Administrators, on the Internet at

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Principal (School), on the Internet at