Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Chief Administrative Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $109K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $59K and $75K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Administrative Officers can bottom out near $55K or peak near $235K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Chief Administrative Officers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,127 - $197,928
MEDIAN: $109,197

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National Salary Data (?
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$58,127 - $197,928  
$0.00 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $75,167  
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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).
$55,254 - $235,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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Job Description for Chief Administrative Officer

A chief administrative officer is an executive within an organization who is responsible for overseeing the operations within the business. This is a position found in a variety of industries and organizations. A chief administrative officer will generally work within an office, though some travel may be required. While this person will generally keep weekday, daytime hours, extended hours may often be necessary and expected. Many organizations require this person to have attained a master’s degree in a field such as business administration, communications, or finance. Experience within their field is a must. Most organizations do also require extensive knowledge regarding management, quality assurance, business law, marketing management, and managerial accounting.


Chief Administrative Officer Tasks

  • Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for contracts, equipment and supplies; review operational reports.
  • Oversee facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Oversee and direct administrative support services to align with corporate objectives; facilities, security, mail distribution, record management, and other office support services.
  • Develop infrastructure, analyze current processes, recommend and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations.

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Popular Skills for

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting, Human Resources, and Office Management. Most people skilled in Human Resources are similarly competent in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Chief Administrative Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $75K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $97K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $127K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $157K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Administrative Officers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Administrative Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent) and San Francisco (+31 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.


64 %
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%