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Administrative Director Salary

The majority of Administrative Directors in the United States — more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $35K to $124K per year, and the median is $67K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,744 - $124,340
(Median)
$38K
$67K
$120K
MEDIAN: $66,603
10%
50%
90%

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$11.88 - $37.85
(Median)
$12
$18
$38
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$37,744 - $124,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,138  
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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$34,798 - $124,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
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.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $37.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.08  
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 - $11,138  
   
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).
)
$34,798 - $124,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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. Administrative Directors most often move into positions as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Executive Assistants. Non-Profit Executive Directors actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Executive Assistants earn $20K less per year than Administrative Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey results suggest that Administrative Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 62 percent, 21 percent, and 12 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 proficient in Budget 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Administrative Directors. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administrative Directors make a median salary of $73K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Administrative Directors, 133 percent higher than the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+100 percent), Boston (+61 percent), Richmond (+52 percent), and Chicago (+29 percent). Compared to the national average, Miami 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and San Francisco (26 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 62%




National Average
$64,000

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 5%


Office Administration
up arrow 24%

Office Management
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

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%
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