Executive Secretary Salary

Close to two-thirds of Executive Secretaries in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $28K to $63K per year, but median earnings come to around $44K per year. Overall cash earnings for Executive Secretaries stretch from $28K on the lower end to $63K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Executive Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,884 - $65,496
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,740
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$12.56 - $25.91
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,884 - $65,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,078  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,949  
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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$28,179 - $62,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 875
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,949  
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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$28,179 - $62,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 592
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Job Description for Executive Secretary

An executive secretary works closely with a company executive, helping to make their job easier and providing them with administrative assistance. The daily job responsibilities vary depending on variables such as the size of the company and the specific needs of the executive. Many executive secretaries perform the same job functions as other types of secretaries, such as producing charts and diagrams for meetings, maintaining records and files, making travel arrangements for their boss, and monitoring the office budget.

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Executive Secretary Tasks

  • Conduct research, prepare correspondence, expense and statistical reporting.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
  • Supervise clerical staff.
  • Screen phone calls, emails, mail and visitors; route and resolve information requests.
  • Coordinates space and office organization, and special projects.

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Executive Secretaries who go on to become Senior Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Executive Assistants is $53K annually. Given that the median pay is $35K, it may be surprising to find that an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is the most common role for Executive Secretaries to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Assistant role — which pays $45K — is also typical for Executive Secretaries, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretaries seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Travel Planning, Scheduling, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Office Management and Payroll Administration. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Secretary

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


Executive Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Executive Secretaries who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Executive Secretaries, 47 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+39 percent), New York (+39 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Harrisburg is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (8 percent lower) and Las Vegas (4 percent lower).

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What is it like working as an Executive Secretary?

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Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, perks, the management.
Cons: Nothing.

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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries



Scheduling
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Organizing
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Microsoft Office
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Quickbooks
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National Average
$42,000

Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Filing
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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Typing
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Payroll Administration
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Bookkeeping
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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