2020 Salary Survey Press Release

This year’s salary survey looks to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the educational technology sector and to further describe trends found in previous years.

Giannina Ong

Oct 1, 2020

2020 Salary Survey Press Release

Ed Tech Recruiting works with schools and nonprofits to run executive searches for senior leadership positions in technology and innovation. We help our clients to make exceptional hiring decisions through our robust search methodology.


For the last four years, Ed Tech Recruiting has run a salary survey in the fall to help employers, job seekers, and the industry at large gain better insight on key salary trends. The survey is distributed across the globe, to anyone working in a technology department at a K-20 school or district, from CTOs to entry-level specialists.


Our vision is to provide the industry with a valuable resource to support better hiring decisions for everyone involved. But the survey also provides insight into key metrics, such as job satisfaction, hurdles for job seekers, and motivations for seeking new employment. Since its beginning, the salary survey’s results have been freely accessible to anyone, regardless of participation in the survey. In light of COVID-19, we are expanding the survey this year to include several questions related to the effect of the pandemic on increased workload, diminishing resources, and new external challenges.


Gabriel Lucas (Principal of Ed Tech Recruiting) was inspired to launch this survey in 2017 after noticing that both job seekers and hiring managers were struggling to come to terms on fair compensation packages. Job seekers, in particular, have few tools at their disposal to assess salaries across the market. Recent trends from the past three years of results include:

  • Wage increases are barely keeping up with inflation at an average of 3% or less. 
  • In California, fewer than 70% of technology directors have reported a salary of $100K or higher.
  • The average size of a technology team has stayed relatively small for the last few years, despite the increased demand for technology support and integration.
  • For the past two years, over 80% of tech professionals would recommend their job to a friend.

This year, our survey runs from October 1 to October 31. The survey is anonymous and self-reporting — and it only takes 10 minutes!  We encourage everyone in the industry to participate and share it out with team members, other departments, and external peer networks.  We expect to release preliminary results by early December. 

At Ed Tech Recruiting, we care about finding the right solution for each organization. We have decades of combined experience in education, technology, and management. Let us help you get to the root of any challenge and find the best solution for your organization. Additionally, Ed Tech Recruiting works in partnership with 12M Recruiting, which leads broader educational and nonprofit sector searches. 

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