Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Chief Administrative Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $106K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$53,327 - $206,542
$53K
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MEDIAN: $105,795
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$0$239K
Salary $53,327 - $206,542
Bonus $3,109 - $72,522
Profit Sharing $10,000
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$52,028 - $239,069
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 135

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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

  • 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.
  • Oversee facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for contracts, equipment and supplies; review operational reports.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 53 salaries. A Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $148,000 based on 49 salaries.

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Key Stats for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

▲35%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲26%

Organizational Development
▲1%

National Average
$109,000

Operations Management
▼2%

Human Resources
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 11%
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