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 $35K to $128K per year, median earnings come to $68K annually. Total cash compensation for Administrative Directors runs from $35K to $128K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Female Administrative Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,729 - $127,386
(Median)
$39K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,087
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$12.18 - $38.57
(Median)
$12
$18
$39
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,729 - $127,386  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,020  
Commission
$650  
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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$35,322 - $128,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $38.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,740  
   
Commission
$650  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,020  
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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$35,322 - $128,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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Although it's unusual, some Administrative Directors transition into jobs as Executive Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $74K per year, though.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 20 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Office Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Management and Accounting 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. On average, Administrative Directors make $75K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $90K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,284

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

For Administrative Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Administrative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+68 percent), Boston (+63 percent), Chicago (+36 percent), and Richmond (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 22 percent less in San Francisco and 21 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

Payroll Administration
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Accounting
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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