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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Average pay for a Chief Administrative Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103K per year. Total cash earnings of Chief Administrative Officers range from $43K on the low end to $206K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $45K and $29K, respectively. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Female Chief Administrative Officers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Administrative Officers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,401 - $177,884
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MEDIAN: $102,627
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$7.48 - $25.34
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$47,401 - $177,884  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $45,456  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$42,656 - $205,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $25.34  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$49.66 - $45,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$42,656 - $205,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Strategic Planning command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Chief Administrative Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $68K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $120K on average. 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 $125K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$104,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 33%

National Average
$104,000

Human Resources
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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