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Administrative Manager Salary (United States)

Over one-half of Administrative Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $76K per year, but standard earnings come to around $51K per year. Total cash compensation to Administrative Managers approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair portion have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. In this field, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Administrative Managers are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Administrative Manager Salary (?
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$33,914 - $76,987
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MEDIAN: $50,603
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Administrative Manager Salary (?
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$11.99 - $25.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,914 - $76,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,652  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $5,171  
Commission
$983 - $10,174  
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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$30,433 - $76,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $34.18  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,652  
   
Commission
$983 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $5,171  
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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$30,433 - $76,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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Job Description for Administrative Manager

Administrative managers ensure the administrative aspects of a business running and organized. They perform administrative tasks like documentation, editing, filing, organization, and sales support. They also manage other administrative employees to enure administrative tasks are done; these managers also train subordinates.
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Administrative Manager Tasks
  • Monitor budgets for contracts, equipment and supplies; audit operational reports.
  • Manage and coordinate administrative support services; facilities, security, mail distribution, record management, and other office support services.
  • Review current processes and recommend procedural or policy changes to improve operations.
  • Oversee facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Manages the administrative supervisors.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Manager

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While Administrative Managers do not often become Administrative Directors, the job usually pays $63K per year. Moving from an Administrative Manager to Human Resources Manager or Administrative Services Manager is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Manager

Survey results imply that Administrative Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, People Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Receivable and Scheduling. Those familiar with Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Operations Management and Human Resources. Most people experienced in Administration also know Office Management and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Administrative Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. On average, Administrative Managers make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Administrative Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $54K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Administrative Managers typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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Baltimore
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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Houston
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National Average
$49,000
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Administrative Managers, 61 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Boston, Washington, Seattle, and Baltimore, where Administrative Managers annually earn 41 percent, 34 percent, 23 percent, and 22 percent more than the national average. In Portland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Administrative Manager Reviews

What is it like working as an Administrative Manager?
Administrative Manager in Nashville:
"Very Demanding But Fine When You Have A Good Boss."
Pros: People and the hours.
Cons: A boss that you can not please no matter how hard you try.
Administrative Manager in Cambridge:
"Assists Brokers With Preparation Of Listings And Proposals."
Pros: Graphic design projects for listing presentations and property-specific feature sheets. Database management.
Cons: Data entry.

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Experience Affects Administrative Manager Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Administrative Manager Salaries

Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Human Resources
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National Average
$49,000
Office Administration
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Accounting
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Payroll Administration
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 409 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%