Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Average pay for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($102K). With some bonuses approaching $46K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $29K, overall incomes of Chief Administrative Officers spread between $42K and $206K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Female Chief Administrative Officers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,321 - $178,112

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$7.48 - $25.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$46,321 - $178,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,615  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,361  
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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$42,360 - $205,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $25.34  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,615  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,361  
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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$42,360 - $205,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

A chief administrative officer (CAO) is in charge of administrative matters. These executives manages administrative staff. They may also oversee accounting staff. They must make sure that their staff follow procedures and adhere to various regulatory rules and regulations.

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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) 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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Survey takers who work as Chief Administrative Officers usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Strategic Planning command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $67K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $124K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 35%

National Average
$102,000

Human Resources
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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