About one-half of Administrative Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $33K to $79K per year, and the average comes out to $54K annually. Total incomes of Administrative Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $33K and $79K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Administrative Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Administrative Managers (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, one in five claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,323 - $78,796
$36K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,746
10%
50%
90%

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$12.90 - $27.69
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.65
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,323 - $78,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,792  
Profit Sharing
$196.27 - $6,112  
Commission
$4,800  
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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$32,815 - $79,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,098
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $27.69  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $41.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,792  
   
Commission
$4,800  
Profit Sharing
$196.27 - $6,112  
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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$32,815 - $79,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 316

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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

  • Oversee facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Manages the administrative supervisors.
  • Review current processes and recommend procedural or policy changes to improve operations.
  • 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.

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Administrative Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Human Resources Director. The average Human Resources Director brings home $80K per year. When Administrative Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Managers or Operations Managers. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $7K, respectively.

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Administrative Managers flock to University of Michigan (U-M) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $73K lead the pack in compensation.

Bringing up the rear, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc.'s median pay of $51K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $74K.

Popular Skills for Administrative Manager


Survey takers working as Administrative Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Administration also know Microsoft Office, Human Resources, 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Administrative Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,511

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

Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Administrative Managers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Administrative Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (16 percent less) and Dallas (7 percent less).

Administrative Manager Reviews

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

Administrative Manager in New York:
"Not my favorite thing."
Pros: People I work with are nice and respectful. I love doing research, when I update the website it makes me feel like I really know what I'm doing. It is not a stressful environment most of the time.
Cons: I get bored from doing nothing. I feel like I should be doing something else. This job doesn't inspire me and there is no room to grow.

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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Key Stats for Administrative Manager

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Administrative Manager Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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