With a little over a 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 $36K to $129K per year and averages out to $67K per year. Final cash compensation to Administrative Directors varies from around $36K to approximately $129K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $5K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Administrative Directors who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,485 - $127,836
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$39K
$67K
$130K
MEDIAN: $67,086
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$12.91 - $39.84
(Median)
$13
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,485 - $127,836  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $15,624  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,020  
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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$36,046 - $129,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $39.84  
   
Overtime
$19.25 - $44.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.87 - $15,624  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,020  
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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$36,046 - $129,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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Many Administrative Directors advance their careers by becoming Executive Directors, who report a slightly higher median income of $75K. A lot of Administrative Directors advance their careers by becoming Non-Profit Executive Directors and Human Resources Managers. However, those positions offer $4K less and $5K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 69 percent, 23 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Payable and Office Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Administrative Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $92K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,202

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Administrative Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+71 percent), Chicago (+58 percent), Seattle (+57 percent), and New York (+47 percent). Administrative Directors in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Francisco (20 percent less) and Nashville (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 69%




Accounting
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People Management
0%

National Average
$64,000




Office Administration
up arrow 15%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 17%

Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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