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Business Administrator Salary

The average Business Administrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K per year. Total cash compensation to Business Administrators bottoms out near $30K and approaches $79K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,648 - $83,324
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,531
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90%

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$11.95 - $27.77
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,648 - $83,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,219  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $11,693  
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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$30,474 - $78,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $27.77  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $41.32  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $11,693  
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).
)
$30,474 - $78,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225

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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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Business Administrators who move into an Office Administrator role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Office Administrators earn $36K.

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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 33 percent, 32 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Office Administration and Accounts Receivable also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Accounting are also skilled in Budget Management and Microsoft Excel.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Business Administrators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Business Administrator Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect Business Administrator Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 33%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 32%

Event Planning
up arrow 9%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 14%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 20%

Office Administration
up arrow 21%

Data Entry
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%