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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (United States)

Chief Administrative Officers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($103K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Chief Administrative Officers — including $52K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $43K to $216K depending on individual performance. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Most Chief Administrative Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Chief Administrative Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,109 - $181,721
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$46,109 - $181,721  
   
Bonus
$575 - $52,088  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
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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$43,213 - $215,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$7.41 - $25.40  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$575 - $52,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
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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$43,213 - $215,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Operations Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $69K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $121K. 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 $130K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
National Average
$103,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 32%
National Average
$103,000
Human Resources
up arrow 2%
Operations Management
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%