Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $132K per year, median earnings come to $69K per year. Cash earnings for Administrative Directors — including $17K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $132K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Administrative Directors (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The majority of Administrative Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,772 - $131,490
$40K
$69K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,549
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50%
90%

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$13.63 - $30.60
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,772 - $131,490  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $16,835  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,002  
Commission
$1,150  
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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$36,043 - $132,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $30.60  
   
Overtime
$20.01 - $39.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.47 - $16,835  
   
Commission
$1,150  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,002  
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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$36,043 - $132,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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

  • Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
  • Develop infrastructure, analyze current processes, and recommend and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations.
  • Direct facilities planning, maintenance, and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Monitor and control budgets for contracts, equipment, and supplies.
  • Direct the administrative managers and supervisors.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Director


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While not commonly seen, Administrative Directors who transition into a Chief Operating Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Operating Officers is $139K per year. An Executive Director role is the most common promotion for Administrative Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $75K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Administrative Directors is a Non-Profit Executive Director position, where earnings are usually $60K.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey results imply that Administrative Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 23 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Receivable and Office Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Budget Management also know Project Management and Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Director

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 206 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 200 salaries. An experienced Administrative Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 232 salaries. An Administrative Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 136 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,431

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

For those looking to make money, Administrative Directors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 89 percent above the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+71 percent), New York (+52 percent), Chicago (+52 percent), and Boston (+42 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Administrative Director's salary, with Cleveland Administrative Directors earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Los Angeles (21 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Administrative Director

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries

▲46%

▲12%

National Average
$64,000

▼3%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲72%





National Average
$64,000

▼2%




Office Administration
▼10%


Accounts Receivable
▼25%

Marketing Communications
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%
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