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Administrative Manager Salary

Administrative Managers 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 $31K to $78K per year, median earnings come to $52K annually. Cash earnings for Administrative Managers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $78K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Administrative Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Administrative Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,931 - $77,832
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,624
10%
50%
90%

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$12.01 - $26.09
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,931 - $77,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,739  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,091  
Commission
$1,000 - $10,000  
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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$31,296 - $77,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,317
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $26.09  
   
Overtime
$14.62 - $35.81  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,739  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,091  
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).
)
$31,296 - $77,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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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For Administrative Managers, progressing to an Administrative Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Administrative Director can earn $63K annually. The most common next step for an Administrative Manager is to become a Human Resources Manager or an Operations Manager. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Manager


The biggest paychecks can be found at Massachusetts General Hospital — the median salary there is $79K.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $53K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $74K.

Popular Skills for Administrative Manager


Administrative Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know Financial Analysis can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Project Management and People Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 12 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Receivable, Payroll Administration, and Customer Service. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Operations Management and Office Management. For most people, competency in Administration indicates knowledge of 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.


For Administrative Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Administrative Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Administrative Managers 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 $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Administrative Managers, 55 percent higher than the national average. Administrative Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), Washington (+26 percent), Baltimore (+22 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 15 percent below the national average.

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
$50,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Manager Salaries


Financial Analysis
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Administration
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Office Management
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Human Resources
0%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Accounting
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Payroll Administration
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Customer Service
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Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 372 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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