Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Chief Administrative Officers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($106K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation for Chief Administrative Officers runs from $57K to $239K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $65K and profit sharing that can reach almost $74K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Chief Administrative Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are more female Chief Administrative Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$57,652 - $195,300
MEDIAN: $106,392

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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.
$57,652 - $195,300  
$50.00 - $65,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $73,974  
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).
$56,552 - $239,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257

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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Human Resources and Office Management also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Human Resources frequently indicates knowledge of Operations 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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $82K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $123K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $157K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 33%

Operations Management
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National Average

People Management
up arrow 4%

Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.


66 %
34 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%