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Administrative Director Salary

A little more than half of Administrative Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $125K per year, but median earnings come to around $66K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Most Administrative Directors survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,706 - $124,208
(Median)
$37K
$66K
$120K
MEDIAN: $66,069
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$11.73 - $37.13
(Median)
$12
$17
$37
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$36,706 - $124,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,464  
Profit Sharing
$2,909 - $3,091  
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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$33,563 - $124,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $37.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.55  
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 - $10,464  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,909 - $3,091  
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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$33,563 - $124,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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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For Administrative Directors who go on to become Executive Directors, career progression may result in a slight increase in compensation. On average, an Executive Director earns $74K annually. Administrative Directors most often move into positions as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Executive Assistants. Non-Profit Executive Directors actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Executive Assistants earn $19K less per year than Administrative Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Administrative Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Project Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 17 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Administrative Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $84K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Administrative Directors will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 102 percent. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+61 percent), Chicago (+46 percent), New York (+41 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Administrative Directors in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 29 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and San Francisco (25 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




People Management
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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%