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Executive Secretary Salary

Executive Secretarys in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $44K per year on average but can range from $28K to $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Executive Secretarys approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $62K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,599 - $65,237
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,053
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$12.20 - $25.63
(Median)
$12
$18
$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
$29,599 - $65,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,851  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,085  
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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$27,748 - $62,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $25.63  
   
Overtime
$11.70 - $39.50  
National Annualized 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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,851  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,085  
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).
)
$27,748 - $62,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Executive Secretary


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Executive Secretarys do not often transition into Senior Executive Assistant roles. The role averages $53K per year. Going from Executive Secretary to Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants is $35K. Many others choose to work as Executive Assistants, where pay is typically $45K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretarys seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Project Management, Organizing, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bookkeeping, Payroll Administration, and Quickbooks. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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 does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. On average, Executive Secretarys make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Executive Secretarys who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Executive Secretarys, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Executive Secretarys will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Executive Secretarys in Salt Lake City earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (9 percent lower) and Detroit (8 percent lower).

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



Organizing
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 1%

Filing
0%

National Average
$42,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

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