Administrative Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K annually on average but can range from $36K to $130K per year. Final cash compensation to Administrative Directors varies from around $36K to approximately $130K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (81 percent) of Administrative Directors who took the survey are female. Most Administrative Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,910 - $128,399
$40K
$68K
$130K
MEDIAN: $67,769
10%
50%
90%

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$13.33 - $33.80
$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20.16
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,910 - $128,399  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $17,038  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,002  
Total Pay (?
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$36,058 - $129,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $33.80  
   
Overtime
$19.98 - $42.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.33 - $17,038  
   
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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$36,058 - $129,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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Administrative Directors often end up in upper-level roles like Executive Director. Executive Directors bring home $75K annually on average. Many Administrative Directors choose to become Non-Profit Executive Directors and Human Resources Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in 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 73 percent, 23 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Management and Accounts Payable also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $50K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. Administrative Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,078

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

For Administrative Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 90 percent above the national average. Administrative Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+72 percent), Baltimore (+72 percent), New York (+52 percent), and Boston (+43 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Administrative Director's salary, with Austin Administrative Directors earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

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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 113 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Administrative Director Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Director Salaries

Strategic Planning
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National Average
$64,000




Office Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
24%
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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