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Administrative Director Salary (United States)

With just over a half of Administrative Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Administrative Directors is $66K annually and can range from $34K on the lower end to $125K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Administrative Directors are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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  
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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At the upper end, Administrative Directors who move into an Executive Director role may earn more as the latter position has a median salary of $75K per year. A lot of Administrative Directors advance their careers by becoming Non-Profit Executive Directors and Executive Assistants. However, those positions offer $5K less and $20K less per year on average.

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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. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know 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.
For many Administrative Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $61K. Administrative Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Administrative Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K. The majority of Administrative Directors have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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For Administrative Directors, Boston provides a pay rate that is 58 percent greater than the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent) and Chicago (+33 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Administrative Directors in Miami earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Portland and San Francisco are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 26 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively.

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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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National Average
$64,000
Payroll Administration
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Office Administration
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 189 votes.

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%