Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Chief Administrative Officers stretch from $44K on the lower end to $222K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $52K from bonuses and $117K from profit sharing. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Administrative Officers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,474 - $190,685
(Median)
$48K
$110K
$190K
MEDIAN: $105,095
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$7.62 - $25.98
(Median)
$7
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$48,474 - $190,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,953  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $117,446  
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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$44,178 - $221,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$7.62 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$20.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $117,446  
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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$44,178 - $221,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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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Chief Administrative Officers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Human Resources, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 23 percent, and 12 percent, respectively.

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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $98K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $117K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $129K on average.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$106,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 38%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 31%

Human Resources
up arrow 23%

Operations Management
up arrow 12%

National Average
$106,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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