Executive Secretary Salary (United States)

Executive Secretarys who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about two-thirds of Executive Secretarys in the United States. Pay fluctuates from $27,531 to $61,578 per year, but expected earnings average $41,872 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $29,505 to $64,420, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4,818 and profit sharing that reaches $3,945. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. For the most part, Executive Secretarys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,505 - $64,420
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MEDIAN: $43,743
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Executive Secretary Salary (?
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$12.00 - $25.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,505 - $64,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$27,531 - $61,578  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 862
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $38.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $3,945  
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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$27,531 - $61,578  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 582
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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.

Common Career Paths for Executive Secretary

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Executive Secretarys who assume a position such as a Senior Executive Assistant—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $10,881 per year. Executive Secretarys go on to become Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants more often than anything else despite lower paychecks (-$6,539). Executive Secretarys can find higher salaries (+$2,697) when they move into an Executive Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary

Executive Secretarys report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Travel Planning is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bookkeeping. Most people familiar with 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.
For Executive Secretarys, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Beginning workers can expect to earn $35K starting out, which grows to $40K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $42K. As Executive Secretarys reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $47K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 33 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 32 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 34 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$42,000
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For Executive Secretarys, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Secretarys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+34 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Executive Secretarys in Salt Lake City report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—26 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around -9 percent in San Antonio and -8 percent in Detroit, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Executive Secretary Reviews

What is it like working as an Executive Secretary?
Executive Secretary in Denver:
"A Day In The Life Of An Executive Secretary."
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

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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Filing
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$42,000
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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