Business Administrator Salary

Business Administrators in the United States take home an average $50K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Business Administrators spread between $30K and $81K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Business Administrators making up 78 percent. Most Business Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,352 - $87,155
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $50,303
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50%
90%

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$11.67 - $29.62
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,352 - $87,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,779  
Profit Sharing
$48.72 - $5,068  
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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$30,311 - $80,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $29.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$16.97 - $46.36  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,779  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.72 - $5,068  
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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$30,311 - $80,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 149

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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.

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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 $37K.

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Popular Skills for Business Administrator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Human Resources, and Database Management & Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Intuit QuickBooks and Accounts Receivable also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Accounting also know Microsoft Excel and Budget Management. Those who learned Human Resources also tend to know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Business Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Business Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 269 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Business Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 144 salaries. An experienced Business Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 139 salaries. A Business Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,872

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

For those looking to make money, Business Administrators in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Business Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Pittsburgh (+20 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Miami (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Business Administrators is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers in Raleigh and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (24 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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 78 votes.
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

▲14%

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Business Administrator Salaries




National Average
$48,000

Database Management & Reporting
▼3%


Office Administration
▼4%


▼10%



Marketing Communications
▼13%




Data Entry
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 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: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 29%