Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Compensation for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($107K). Overall cash earnings for Chief Administrative Officers stretch from $55K on the lower end to $234K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $56K from bonuses and $75K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Chief Administrative Officers (63 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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

Chief Administrative Officers report using a wide range of professional 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting, Human Resources, and Office Management. For most people, competency in Human Resources indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $124K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,138

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Administrative Officers, 64 percent above the national average. Chief Administrative Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent) and San Francisco (+33 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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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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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%