Business Administrator Salary (United States)

Pay for Business Administrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $47,674 per year. Compensation generally starts at $29,625 and does not exceed $78,442 per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although about one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Female Business Administrators make up most of the field at 78 percent. Job satisfaction for Business Administrators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Business Administrator Salary (?
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$33,908 - $84,152
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MEDIAN: $50,572
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Business Administrator Salary (?
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$11.65 - $27.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,908 - $84,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,145  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $11,920  
Total Pay (?
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$29,625 - $78,442  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 420
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $27.24  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $40.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,145  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $11,920  
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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$29,625 - $78,442  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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Job Description for Business Administrator

A business administrator must oversee an organization's business activities and endusre they are efficient. These professionals often serve on an organization's board or governing council and serve as an intermediary between company employees, stakeholders, and customers, and they must coordinate operations that permit the business to thrive.
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Business Administrator Tasks
  • Review and evaluate budget proposals.
  • Coordinate daily activities and facilitate communication between departments and employees.
  • Create short and long term business plans and strategies for increasing sales.
  • Represent the company to clients and other businesses during sales and negotiations.

Common Career Paths for Business Administrator

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As Business Administrators make advancements in their career path, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, those in less important roles make more than those in higher-end positions, such as Office Administrator.

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Popular Skills for Business Administrator

Business Administrators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Strategic Planning, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 34 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Administration and Marketing Communications also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Accounting also know Microsoft Excel and Budget Management. Most people experienced in Human Resources also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Business Administrators, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Early in their career, Business Administrators do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $45K, pay reaches $47K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $49K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Business Administrators tend to earn $51K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Redmond
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Dallas
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National Average
$48,000
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For Business Administrators, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include New York, Redmond, Seattle, and Atlanta, top-paying cities where Business Administrators see paychecks higher than average (+26 percent, +11 percent, +8 percent, and +7 percent).

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Experience Affects Business Administrator Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Business Administrator Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Strategic Planning
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Event Planning
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Budget Management
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Human Resources
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Operations Management
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National Average
$48,000
Accounting
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Database Management & Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Marketing Communications
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Office Administration
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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