Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $109K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $57K and $75K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Administrative Officers can bottom out near $55K or peak near $236K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chief Administrative Officers (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,046 - $195,789

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National Salary Data (?
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$58,046 - $195,789  
$0.00 - $57,180  
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).
$55,165 - $235,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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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 suggest that Chief Administrative Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting, Office Management, and Project Management. Most people who know Human Resources also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer

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

For many Chief Administrative Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $96K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $75K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $126K. 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.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 36%

People Management
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National Average

Human Resources
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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 54 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: 9%