Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Total incomes of Chief Administrative Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $46K from bonuses and close to $29K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $206K. Female Chief Administrative Officers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,321 - $178,112
(Median)
$46K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $102,237
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90%

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$7.48 - $25.34
(Median)
$7
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$46,321 - $178,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,509  
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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$42,360 - $205,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 - $45,509  
   
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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$42,360 - $205,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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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 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $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 15%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

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 47 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
31%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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