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27,578 Master's Degrees Annually
6,509 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#4 in Popularity (Master's)
$89,570 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Educational Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many educational administration graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 27,762
Graduate Certificate 9,171
Doctor’s Degree 6,651

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

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in education admin should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

When studying education admin, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with education admin:

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 Master’s Degree in Educational Administration?

27,762 Master's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen graduate majors. It is the 4th most popular in the country with 27,578 students graduating with a master’s in education admin in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 69% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 544
Black or African American 3,869
Hispanic or Latino 3,267
White 17,411
International Students 460
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,211

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Education Admin, too. About 1.7% 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?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in educational administration made a median starting salary of $50,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $45,200 (25th percentile) and $56,400 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to education admin.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $53,990 to $98,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to education admin. 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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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with education admin require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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 2018-2019, 901 schools offered a education admin program of some type. 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) 29 12
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 1
Bachelor’s Degree 250 97
Post-Baccalaureate 29 12
Master’s Degree 1,120 453
Post-Master’s 420 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 484 124
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 34 4
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 39 8

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 29,615
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738
Student Counseling 13,672
Instructional Media Design 6,790
Teaching English or French 4,389
Other Education 3,071
Multilingual Education 1,452
Educational Assessment 968
Education Philosophy 479
International Education 354
Teaching Assistants 6

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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