Average pay for Chief Administrative Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($103K). Cash earnings for Chief Administrative Officers — which occasionally include more than $62K from bonuses and more than $119K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $237K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Chief Administrative Officers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up the majority of Chief Administrative Officers (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,213 - $205,381
$50K
$100K
$210K
MEDIAN: $103,133
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$16.50 - $62.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$50,213 - $205,381  
   
Bonus
$3,010 - $61,825  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $119,195  
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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$49,176 - $236,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,010 - $61,825  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $119,195  
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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$49,176 - $236,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

A chief administrative officer (CAO) is in charge of administrative matters. These executives manages administrative staff. They may also oversee accounting staff. They must make sure that their staff follow procedures and adhere to various regulatory rules and regulations.

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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Oversee facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations internal or external service contracts.
  • Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for contracts, equipment and supplies; review operational reports.

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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 Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $96K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $102K. Chief Administrative Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $122K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $146K on average.

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Key Stats for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 27%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Organizational Development
up arrow 1%

National Average
$109,000

Human Resources
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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