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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (United States)

Chief Administrative Officers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($102K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Chief Administrative Officers — including $59K in bonuses and $32K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $220K depending on individual performance. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Chief Administrative Officers (66 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Chief Administrative Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (?
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$45,831 - $180,812
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$7.41 - $52.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$45,831 - $180,812  
   
Bonus
$800 - $58,958  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,562  
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).
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$43,764 - $220,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
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$7.41 - $52.85  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$800 - $58,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,562  
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).
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$43,764 - $220,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

  • 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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Chief Administrative Officers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Strategic Planning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Chief Administrative Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $68K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $79K 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 $116K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $132K. The largest share of Chief Administrative Officers have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$102,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 23%
Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 34%
National Average
$102,000
Human Resources
up arrow 1%
Operations Management
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%