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Postsecondary Education Administrator Salary Information

The salary statistics of postsecondary education administrators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of postsecondary education administrators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The postsecondary education administrators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Education Administrator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$174,000
75th Percentile Wage
$122,680
50th Percentile Wage
$88,390
25th Percentile Wage
$65,160
10th Percentile Wage
$50,240

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for postsecondary education administrators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) postsecondary education administrators is $174,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,240. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 246% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $88,390 1.12%
2013 $87,410 1.06%
2012 $86,490 2.62%
2011 $84,280 0.68%
2010 $83,710 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for postsecondary education administrators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 5.59%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.06%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.62% in 2012 and a small growth of 0.68% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Postsecondary Education Administrators vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Postsecondary Education Administrators
$88,390
Other Education Administrators
$77,020
Architectural and Engineering Managers
$130,620
Food Service Managers
$48,560
Funeral Service Managers
$68,870
Gaming Managers
$67,310
Lodging Managers
$47,680

Table 4. Postsecondary Education Administrator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary education administrators in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for postsecondary education administrators occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $112,740. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $66,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$112,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$99,970
Federal, State, and Local Government
$92,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,550
Educational Services
$88,310
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,220

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Postsecondary Education Administrators by States

From the above tables we note that not only postsecondary education administrators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of postsecondary education administrators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $46,880 to $119,330. The highest paying state for postsecondary education administrators is Delaware with a median annual salary of $119,330. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $46,880. For more salary information of postsecondary education administrators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$119,330
New Jersey
$115,500
Alaska
$105,780
North Dakota
$105,670
Connecticut
$105,100
Florida
$104,700
Maryland
$104,680
Hawaii
$100,960
New York
$100,650
California
$100,130
Wyoming
$95,450
Rhode Island
$94,860
Missouri
$94,010
South Dakota
$93,590
Texas
$93,220
Arizona
$93,050
Michigan
$93,050
Nevada
$93,020
Wisconsin
$92,100
Pennsylvania
$91,440
Georgia
$89,770
Oregon
$88,040
Virginia
$87,370
Washington
$86,200
Massachusetts
$85,060
District of Columbia
$84,410
Utah
$84,410
Alabama
$84,180
Illinois
$83,770
North Carolina
$83,710
Iowa
$82,690
New Hampshire
$81,280
Nebraska
$81,200
Minnesota
$80,210
Mississippi
$79,090
West Virginia
$78,730
Louisiana
$78,630
Kansas
$78,510
Ohio
$78,170
New Mexico
$77,610
Idaho
$77,350
Colorado
$77,160
Vermont
$75,950
Maine
$73,480
Kentucky
$73,420
Indiana
$73,220
Oklahoma
$71,980
Arkansas
$71,780
South Carolina
$70,860
Montana
$69,070
Tennessee
$68,510
Puerto Rico
$46,880


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