Chief Administrative Officer Salary

On average, Chief Administrative Officers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($108K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $58K and $74K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Administrative Officers can bottom out near $56K or peak near $235K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female Chief Administrative Officers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Chief Administrative Officers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$57,477 - $194,294
MEDIAN: $108,315

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$57,477 - $194,294  
$50.00 - $57,931  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $74,240  
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).
$56,312 - $234,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting, Office Management, and Human Resources. 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $82K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $95K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $125K. Chief Administrative Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $154K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 35%

People Management
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National Average

Project Management
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Human Resources
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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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%