Business Administrators in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. In the world of Business Administrators, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $82K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Business Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Business Administrators making up 78 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,290 - $87,312
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $50,225
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50%
90%

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$11.38 - $28.01
$11
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$28
MEDIAN: $17.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,290 - $87,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,908  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $5,034  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$30,237 - $81,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $28.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$16.39 - $43.24  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,908  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $5,034  
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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$30,237 - $81,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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

  • Create short and long term business plans and strategies for increasing sales.
  • Represent the company to clients and other businesses during sales and negotiations.
  • Review and evaluate budget proposals.
  • Coordinate daily activities and facilitate communication between departments and employees.

Common Career Paths for Business Administrator


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For Business Administrators, a move to the Office Administrator role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Office Administrators typically make $37K.

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Popular Skills for Business Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Human Resources, and Database Management & Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Intuit QuickBooks and Payroll Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Accounting are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel and Budget Management. A tool kit that includes Human Resources also typically contains 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. On average, Business Administrators make $52K following one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $47,628

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

For Business Administrators, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Business Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Pittsburgh (+20 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Business Administrators in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (8 percent lower) and Kansas City (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Business Administrator

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Business Administrator Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Business Administrator Salaries




National Average
$48,000

Database Management & Reporting
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Office Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Marketing Communications
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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