Executive Secretary Salary (United States)

Executive Secretarys in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and 66 percent have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $41,872 per year, but may range from $27,531 to $61,578 per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Executive Secretary Salary (?
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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 (?
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  
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  
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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While not commonly seen, Executive Secretarys who transition into a Senior Executive Assistant position may earn an additional $10,881 per year. An Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role is the most prevalent career advancement for Executive Secretarys, though paychecks actually shrink by $6,539. an Executive Assistant position is another common transition for Executive Secretarys; in this role, salaries typically increase by $2,697.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. Travel Planning is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bookkeeping. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in 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, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Though starting salaries approximate $35K, they climb to $40K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. As Executive Secretarys reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $47K. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience—one to nine years—make up 33 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 32 percent, and those with the most experience—more than 20 years—account for 34 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$42,000
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For those looking to make money, Executive Secretarys in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Executive Secretarys will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Boston (+19 percent). Compared to the national average, Salt Lake City Executive Secretarys have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in San Antonio and Detroit earn less than others in this profession; their -9 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$42,000
Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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Quickbooks
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 304 votes.

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%