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Educational Administration

554 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
27,545 Master's Degrees Annually
#193 in Popularity
$89,570 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Educational Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many educational administration graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 27,627
Graduate Certificate 9,656
Doctor’s Degree 6,405
Bachelor’s Degree 554
Basic Certificate 127
Associate’s Degree 25
Undergraduate Certificate 11

What Educational Administration Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to education admin and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Education Admin Majors

Education Admin majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills for Education Admin Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to education admin:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Education Admin Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a education admin student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Educational Administration Major?

People with a education admin degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Distance Learning Coordinators 10.7% $82,850
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 7.9% $95,310
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program 10.8% $47,940
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.7% $82,850
Postsecondary Education Administrators 10.1% $94,340

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Administration?

554 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
91% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 554 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in educational administration in 2018, making it rank #193 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 91% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of education admin majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Education Admin Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 100
Hispanic or Latino 32
White 363
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 43

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Education Admin. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Jamaica
  • India

How Much Do Educational Administration Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that educational administration students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $28,800 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,700 (25th percentile) and $28,800 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a education admin degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Education Admin majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,990 to $98,750 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Educational Administration Major  ( 53990 to 98750 )
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Some degrees associated with education admin may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to education admin have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 6.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.2%
Some College Courses 3.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 22.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.0%
Master’s Degree 36.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 8.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 11.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.1%

Online Educational Administration Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 906 schools offered some type of educational administration program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 21 6
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 9 1
Bachelor’s Degree 227 81
Post-Baccalaureate 21 6
Master’s Degree 1,122 426
Post-Master’s 413 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 497 102
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 37 4
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 36 3

Is a Degree in Educational Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a education admin grad is $89,570 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 124% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $993,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to education admin.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 99,840
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,242
General Education 31,485
Special Education 31,128
Curriculum & Instruction 17,977
Student Counseling 14,228
Instructional Media Design 6,846
Teaching English or French 5,766
Other Education 5,558
Teaching Assistants 1,900
Multilingual Education 1,510
Educational Assessment 1,322
Education Philosophy 564
International Education 443

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