Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $131K per year, median earnings come to $68K annually. Total cash compensation to Administrative Directors bottoms out near $36K and approaches $131K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $17K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Administrative Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,960 - $129,889
$40K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,085
10%
50%
90%

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$13.58 - $30.95
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.38
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,960 - $129,889  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $16,515  
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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$36,231 - $130,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $30.95  
   
Overtime
$20.02 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $16,515  
   
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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$36,231 - $130,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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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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It's not very common for Administrative Directors to move on to become Chief Operating Officers. Average pay for a Chief Operating Officer is $139K annually. The most common career progression for Administrative Directors leads to becoming an Executive Director, where average pay is $75K annually. However, many Administrative Directors also opt to become Non-Profit Executive Directors. Typically, a Non-Profit Executive Director brings home $60K.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Administrative Directors seem to exploit a large range 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. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know 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.


Administrative Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $63K. Administrative Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,304

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

Administrative Directors will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 89 percent. Administrative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+71 percent), New York (+53 percent), Chicago (+52 percent), and Boston (+42 percent). Administrative Directors in Cleveland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Austin and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Administrative Director

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries

▲46%

▲13%

National Average
$64,000

▼2%

▼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 115 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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