Administrative Director Salary (United States)

Administrative Directors with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Administrative Directors in the United States. Salaries average out to around $64,332 annually and spread from $33,814 to $124,643 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and about half have vision insurance. Female Administrative Directors make up most of the field at 78 percent. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Administrative Director Salary (?
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$36,675 - $124,023
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MEDIAN: $66,197
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Administrative Director Salary (?
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$12.10 - $38.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,675 - $124,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,396  
Profit Sharing
$2,923 - $3,636  
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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$33,814 - $124,643  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $38.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,396  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,923 - $3,636  
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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$33,814 - $124,643  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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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Additional career progression can lead to an increase in pay for Administrative Directors. At the upper end, those who move into an Executive Director role can bring in an extra $10,509 per year. More commonly, Administrative Directors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Executive Assistants, making $4,873 or $19,764 less per year, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director

Survey results imply that Administrative Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Project Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 18 percent, and 15 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. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent 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 salaries for more plentiful past experience. Salaries increase to $61K from around $50K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $77K. After 20 years in the field, Administrative Directors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $88K. Administrative Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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For Administrative Directors, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent) and Chicago (+33 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Administrative Directors is geography, with workers in Miami earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (-26 percent) and San Francisco (-20 percent).

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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Human Resources
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$64,000
Payroll Administration
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%
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