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Executive Administrator Salary (United States)

Executive Administrators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $52K annually on average but can range from $31K to $81K per year. Overall cash earnings for Executive Administrators stretch from $31K on the lower end to $81K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Executive Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Executive Administrator Salary (?
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$34,624 - $81,229
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MEDIAN: $52,229
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Executive Administrator Salary (?
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$12.42 - $29.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,624 - $81,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $19,727  
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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$31,303 - $80,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $29.90  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $19,727  
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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$31,303 - $80,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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Job Description for Executive Administrator

Executive administrators help support the CEO and other executives, as well as the executive board as needed. Executive administrators maintain travel records, as well as arrange meetings and conference calls. They produce status reports, accounting reports and sales reports as well. Additionally, they may handle the administrative functions of the human resources department, as well as make updates to the company handbook and policies. Executive administrators also take part in meetings, coordinate lunches and dinners with business clients, and monitor benefits, payroll, and taxes. They might also be required to support and update databases, run queries, develop database reports, and coordinate mailings. They also handle supplies and the delivery of the company equipment.
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Executive Administrator Tasks
  • Prepare calendars, reports, invoices, summaries, financial statements, travel itineraries, and other documents.
  • Create, read, analyze, file, retrieve and organize organizational documents, invoices and orders.
  • Collaborate with other administrative staff, financial department and other team to create and follow policies.
  • Greet and screen callers and visitors, and direct them to the appropriate person or area.
  • Organize, reserve, and oversee conference room assignments.

Common Career Paths for Executive Administrator

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Executive Administrators who take an Office Administrator role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Office Administrators is usually $36K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Administrator

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Travel Administration, Project Management, Office Management, and Travel Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, Accounting, and Organizing. The majority of those who know Administration also know Human Resources and Project Management. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Project Management and Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Executive Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Executive Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $59K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Washington
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San Diego
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Denver
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Sacramento
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With a pay rate for Executive Administrators that is 39 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Executive Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+28 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Executive Administrators is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Baltimore (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Executive Administrator Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Executive Administrator Salaries

Travel Administration
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Office Management
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Data Analysis
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Event Planning
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Operations Management
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National Average
$51,000
Office Administration
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%