Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $68K per year, but may range from $35K to $125K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Most Administrative Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Administrative Directors survey respondents are women (78 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,029 - $124,938

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$11.84 - $37.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,029 - $124,938  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,521  
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).
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$35,102 - $124,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $37.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,521  
   
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).
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$35,102 - $124,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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.

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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


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Although it's unusual, some Administrative Directors transition into jobs as Executive Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $73K per year, though. A lot of Administrative Directors advance their careers by becoming Non-Profit Executive Directors and Executive Assistants. However, those positions offer $6K less and $20K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey results show that Administrative Directors use a fair number of skills. 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 Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Management and Payroll Administration also typically command lower compensation. Skill sets containing Operations Management also tend to include Human Resources and Project Management. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Project Management and Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Administrative Directors see a median salary of $74K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Administrative Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 130 percent above the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+68 percent), Boston (+58 percent), Richmond (+32 percent), and Chicago (+28 percent). Compared to the national average, Portland Administrative Directors have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and San Francisco (22 percent lower).

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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
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Office Management
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
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