Administrative Manager Salary

Administrative Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $32K to $79K per year, median earnings come to $53K annually. Total cash compensation for Administrative Managers runs from $32K to $79K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Administrative Managers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,755 - $79,469
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,633
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$12.46 - $26.99
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,755 - $79,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,147  
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $6,234  
Commission
$3,250  
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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$31,967 - $79,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,547
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $26.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$13.34 - $39.24  
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 - $8,147  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $6,234  
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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$31,967 - $79,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 439
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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' 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 $79K per year. 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 $8K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Manager


Administrative Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the average salary comes to $81K.

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 Financial Analysis, People Management, Office Administration, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Payroll Administration. Those proficient in Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Administrative Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. For Administrative Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,638

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

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Administrative Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Administrative Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+33 percent), Baltimore (+26 percent), Washington (+25 percent), and New York (+22 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland.

Administrative Manager Reviews

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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Experience Affects Administrative Manager Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Manager Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Office Administration
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National Average
$51,000

Administration
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Office Management
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Human Resources
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 377 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: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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