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Executive Secretary Salary

Executive Secretaries in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly two in three of Executive Secretaries. Salaries average out to around $44K annually and spread from $28K to $63K per year. Final cash compensation to Executive Secretaries varies from around $28K to approximately $63K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,754 - $65,531
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,974
10%
50%
90%

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$12.53 - $25.86
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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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
$29,754 - $65,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,172  
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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$28,043 - $62,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 867
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$11.55 - $39.47  
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 - $4,172  
   
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).
)
$28,043 - $62,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 591

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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 Secretaries' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Executive Assistant. The average Senior Executive Assistant brings home $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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Travel Planning, Scheduling, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relations, Payroll Administration, and Bookkeeping. Most people who know 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 Secretaries, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. On average, Executive Secretaries make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Executive Secretaries 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 Secretaries, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+43 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Harrisburg and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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



Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Taking Meeting Minutes
0%

National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 4%

Customer Relations
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 303 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%