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Chief Administrative Officer Salary

Average pay for a Chief Administrative Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $112K per year. With some bonuses approaching $52K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $38K, overall incomes of Chief Administrative Officers spread between $55K and $239K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Chief Administrative Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Chief Administrative Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$56,397 - $197,446
MEDIAN: $103,878

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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.
$56,397 - $197,446  
$301.00 - $52,117  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $37,506  
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).
$55,171 - $238,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent and 8 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. Those with knowledge of Human Resources tend to be skilled in Operations Management as well.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $73K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $95K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $123K. 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 $157K.

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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%

National Average

People Management
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Office Management
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%