Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary (United States)

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s receive generous compensation in the United States—earning an average of $102,261 per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation varies from around $45,831 to approximately $180,812; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $59K and $33K, respectively. Women account for the majority of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s—66 percent to be exact. The majority of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale 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  
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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.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $68K—can reach $79K. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $116K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s earning an average of $133K per year. The largest number of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)s have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

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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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Extremely satisfied
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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