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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Education Administrator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,690
25th Percentile Wage
$66,730
50th Percentile Wage
$90,760
75th Percentile Wage
$126,750
90th Percentile Wage
$179,250

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 $179,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $90,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,690. We note 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary education administrators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201690,7602.40%4.70%
201588,5800.21%-
201488,3901.11%-
201387,4101.05%-
201286,490--

Table 2. Postsecondary Education Administrator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary education administrators in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for postsecondary education administrators occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $102,710. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $76,060).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$102,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$98,330
Educational Services
$90,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$79,940
Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,060

Table 3. 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 $51,130 to $122,910. The highest paying state for postsecondary education administrators is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $122,910. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $51,130. For more salary information of postsecondary education administrators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$122,910
Florida
$115,400
Hawaii
$115,160
Delaware
$115,090
North Dakota
$113,660
Alaska
$111,160
California
$111,070
Maryland
$109,300
Texas
$102,990
South Dakota
$101,570
Rhode Island
$100,690
Nevada
$100,350
New York
$98,430
Wyoming
$97,240
Wisconsin
$94,790
Georgia
$94,680
District of Columbia
$91,650
Pennsylvania
$91,430
Michigan
$91,240
Virginia
$90,560
Oregon
$89,850
North Carolina
$89,550
Washington
$88,600
West Virginia
$88,020
Iowa
$87,720
Alabama
$87,580
Ohio
$87,490
Massachusetts
$86,250
Illinois
$83,370
Minnesota
$83,100
New Hampshire
$82,520
Missouri
$82,300
Connecticut
$80,910
Arkansas
$80,780
Indiana
$80,360
Arizona
$79,910
Nebraska
$79,640
Montana
$79,530
Utah
$78,890
Idaho
$78,810
Colorado
$78,500
Louisiana
$77,450
Guam
$76,350
Maine
$76,110
Mississippi
$75,580
Kansas
$75,130
New Mexico
$74,550
South Carolina
$73,620
Oklahoma
$72,660
Tennessee
$72,230
Kentucky
$70,650
Vermont
$70,460
Puerto Rico
$51,130


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