Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s in the United States, with pay typically hovering around $102,261 per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 66 percent of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s are female. Most Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (?
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$45,831 - $180,812
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MEDIAN: $100,801
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (?
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$7.41 - $52.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$45,831 - $180,812  
   
Bonus
$800 - $58,958  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,562  
Total Pay (?
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$43,764 - $220,454  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$7.41 - $52.85  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$800 - $58,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $31,562  
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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$43,764 - $220,454  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Salaries increase to $79K from around $68K after five to 10 years. Salaries reach six figures after a good amount of time spent on the job—between 10 and 20 years—typically amounting to $116K. Salary increase slows as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $133K. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$102,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 23%
Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 34%
National Average
$102,000
Human Resources
up arrow 1%
Operations Management
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 64 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
32%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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