Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $68K per year, but may range from $35K to $124K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Administrative Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. For the most part, Administrative Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$37,910 - $124,358
(Median)
$38K
$68K
$120K
MEDIAN: $67,874
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.81 - $37.47
(Median)
$12
$18
$37
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,910 - $124,358  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,342  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $3,041  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,923 - $124,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $37.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,342  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,923 - $124,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for Administrative Director

Administrative directors oversee the administrative operations in a business. The specific tasks that fall under administrative directors’ purview vary from business to business, as do the titles given to these employees; other related titles include director of operations and director of administration and finance. In general, administrative directors tend to provide supervision and leadership for administrative departments, including finance, human resources, and materials management.

Read More...

Administrative Director Tasks

  • Monitor and control budgets for contracts, equipment, and supplies.
  • Direct the administrative managers and supervisors.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate administrative support services; facilities, security, mail distribution, record management, and other office support services.
  • Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
  • Develop infrastructure, analyze current processes, and recommend and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Director


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


For Administrative Directors, advancing into an Executive Director role, for which the median salary is $73K, is not common but it does happen. Administrative Directors most frequently advance into Non-Profit Executive Director and Executive Assistant roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $20K lower, respectively.

Administrative Director Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Administrative Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Office Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Administration and Payroll Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in Project Management and Human Resources. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Human Resources and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Administrative Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Administrative Directors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 130 percent above the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+110 percent), Richmond (+61 percent), Boston (+58 percent), and Chicago (+28 percent). Administrative Directors in Portland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Austin and San Francisco (22 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 53%




National Average
$65,000


People Management
up arrow 6%


Office Administration
up arrow 30%

Office Management
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
ADVERTISEMENT