Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Average pay for a Chief Administrative Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $109K per year. Total cash compensation to Chief Administrative Officers approaches anywhere from $56K on the lower end to $237K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $58K from bonuses and upwards of $74K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city 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. Most Chief Administrative Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Chief Administrative Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,874 - $196,016
MEDIAN: $109,473

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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.
$57,874 - $196,016  
$96.96 - $57,563  
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).
$55,800 - $237,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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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 34 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting, Office Management, and Human Resources. 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $79K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $95K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $125K on average. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $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 34%

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%