Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little over a half of Administrative Directors. Pay fluctuates from $35K to $125K per year, but expected earnings average $68K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Administrative Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, roughly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,174 - $124,239
(Median)
$38K
$68K
$120K
MEDIAN: $67,875
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$11.79 - $37.54
(Median)
$12
$18
$38
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$38,174 - $124,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,585  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $3,041  
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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$35,136 - $124,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 679
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.92  
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 - $11,585  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $3,041  
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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$35,136 - $124,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Administrative Directors do move on to become Executive Directors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $73K per year. Administrative Directors most often move into Non-Profit Executive Director or Executive Assistant roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $20K less.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey results show that Administrative Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Office Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Management and Payroll Administration also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Administrative Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $86K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Administrative Directors, 129 percent higher than the national average. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+67 percent), Boston (+59 percent), Richmond (+46 percent), and Chicago (+27 percent). Administrative Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Administrative Directors in Portland bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Austin and San Francisco also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent less).

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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 53%




National Average
$65,000


People Management
up arrow 6%


Office Management
up arrow 33%

Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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