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Administrative Manager Salary (United States)

Administrative Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just over a half of Administrative Managers. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $77K per year, but expected earnings average $51K annually. In the world of Administrative Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $77K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Administrative Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Administrative Managers who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Administrative Manager Salary (?
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$34,471 - $77,303
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MEDIAN: $51,106
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Administrative Manager Salary (?
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$11.92 - $25.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,471 - $77,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,588  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,120  
Commission
$1,000 - $12,000  
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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$30,732 - $76,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $25.85  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $34.52  
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 - $7,588  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,120  
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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$30,732 - $76,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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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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Administrative Managers who advance into the role of an Administrative Director are fairly uncommon. Administrative Directors on average earn $63K per year. However, becoming a Human Resources Manager or Administrative Services Manager is a more frequent transition for Administrative Managers.

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Popular Skills for Administrative Manager

Administrative Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, People Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Receivable and Scheduling. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Operations Management, Human Resources, and Office Management. Most people who know Administration also know Office Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Administrative Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $47K. Administrative Managers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

Pay Difference By Location

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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, 59 percent above the national average. Administrative Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+39 percent), Washington (+34 percent), Baltimore (+22 percent), and Seattle (+22 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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Administration
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Office Management
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Human Resources
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Customer Service
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Accounts Payable
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National Average
$49,000
Microsoft Office
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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 392 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%