Executive Administrators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K annually, but may range from $34K to $80K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Executive Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,627 - $82,715
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$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,623
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$14.13 - $27.37
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$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,627 - $82,715  
   
Bonus
$884 - $10,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$33,756 - $80,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $27.37  
   
Overtime
$19.81 - $43.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$884 - $10,011  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$33,756 - $80,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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.

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Executive Administrators may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Office Administrator position, where pay tends to be around $36K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Administrator


Executive Administrators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Administration, Travel Planning, Event Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Organizational Development. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Project Management and Human Resources. Those familiar with Administration also tend to know Human Resources and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Executive Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Executive Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,510

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Executive Administrators, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+36 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), New York (+21 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Executive Administrator's salary, with Dallas Executive Administrators earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Austin and Sacramento are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 9 percent less than the median.

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What is it like working as an Executive Administrator?

Executive Administrator in Birmingham:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Making a difference in the lives of others by effectively and actively working to ensure our clients rights are protected.

Executive Administrator in Culver:
"Executive Administrator Life."
Pros: I mostly like working for a company that works hard at their craft and believes in the product and service we provide for the Energy Efficiency Industry.
Cons: That we are stuck in between as a small business and becoming a medium sized business. The pains of a small business. The wearing of many hats. I see everyone getting burnt out.

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Experience Affects Executive Administrator Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Executive Administrator Salaries

Travel Administration
up arrow 12%

Travel Planning
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$52,000

Administration
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 4%





Microsoft Excel
up arrow 18%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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