Chief Administrative Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation for Chief Administrative Officers runs from $49K to $235K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $51K and profit sharing that can reach almost $118K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Women Chief Administrative Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,234 - $203,418
(Median)
$51K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $104,578
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$51,234 - $203,418  
   
Bonus
$2,534 - $50,932  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $118,359  
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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$49,473 - $234,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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
$2,534 - $50,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $118,359  
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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$49,473 - $234,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $96K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $102K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $146K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $144K.

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Experience Affects Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 26%

Organizational Development
up arrow 1%

National Average
$109,000

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Human Resources
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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