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Administrative Director Salary

With a little more than half of Administrative Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $124K per year and averages out to $66K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,436 - $124,215
(Median)
$37K
$66K
$120K
MEDIAN: $66,288
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90%

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$11.87 - $37.61
(Median)
$12
$17
$38
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,436 - $124,215  
   
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).
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$34,207 - $124,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $37.61  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.24  
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.
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$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).
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$34,207 - $124,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Administrative Directors move into roles as Executive Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $74K per year. Administrative Directors most frequently become Non-Profit Executive Directors and Executive Assistants even though median compensation is $4K lower and $19K lower, respectively.

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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 64 percent, 21 percent, and 13 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. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Administrative Directors see a median salary of $73K 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 $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Administrative Directors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 135 percent greater than the national average. Administrative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+102 percent), Boston (+62 percent), Richmond (+43 percent), and Chicago (+35 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Administrative Director's salary, with Miami Administrative Directors earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 25 percent less in Portland and 20 percent less in San Francisco, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 64%




National Average
$64,000

Human Resources
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 22%

Office Administration
up arrow 23%

Office Management
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%