Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

Average pay for a Chief Administrative Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. Final cash compensation to Chief Administrative Officers varies from around $42K to approximately $206K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $46K and $29K, respectively. Women account for the majority of Chief Administrative Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,698 - $177,884
(Median)
$47K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $102,090
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$7.48 - $25.34
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$7
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$46,698 - $177,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,697  
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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$42,413 - $205,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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 - $45,697  
   
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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$42,413 - $205,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Strategic Planning can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


For many Chief Administrative Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $119K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $124K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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 48 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 17%
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