Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Average pay for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($107K). With some bonuses approaching $56K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $75K, overall incomes of Chief Administrative Officers spread between $55K and $234K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Administrative Officers. Female Chief Administrative Officers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,149 - $197,143
MEDIAN: $107,229

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National Salary 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.
$58,149 - $197,143  
$0.00 - $56,376  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $74,666  
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).
$55,273 - $234,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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 Chief Administrative Officer

Survey results show that Chief Administrative Officers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting, Human Resources, and Office Management. Those proficient in Human Resources are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer

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

Chief Administrative Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $97K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $124K. 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 $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,138

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

For Chief Administrative Officers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 64 percent greater than the national average. Chief Administrative Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent) and San Francisco (+33 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

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People Management
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Project Management
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.


63 %
37 %

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: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%