Administrative Director Salary

Administrative Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $130K per year, median earnings come to $69K per year. Total cash compensation to Administrative Directors approaches anywhere from $36K on the lower end to $130K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Administrative Directors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,753 - $130,049
$40K
$69K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,714
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50%
90%

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$13.73 - $33.45
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20.60
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$0$130K
Salary $39,753 - $130,049
Bonus $50.00 - $15,719
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,967
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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$36,056 - $130,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 531
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.73 - $33.45
Overtime $20.01 - $39.25
Annual Data $0$130K
Bonus $50.00 - $15,719
Commission $1,150
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,967
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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$36,056 - $130,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 107

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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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There are some Administrative Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Operating Officers, where earnings are an average $139K annually. 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 takers working as Administrative Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 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. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in 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: $64,667

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

Surpassing the national average by 88 percent, Administrative Directors in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Administrative Directors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+70 percent), New York (+52 percent), Chicago (+52 percent), and Boston (+41 percent). Compared to the national average, Cleveland Administrative Directors have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Austin and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as an Administrative Director?

Administrative Director in Nashville:
Pros:
Cons: I am not being compensated adequately.

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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 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries

▲45%

▲12%

National Average
$65,000

▼3%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲71%





National Average
$65,000

▼3%




Office Administration
▼11%


Accounts Receivable
▼25%

Marketing Communications
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

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