Executive Secretary Salary

The majority of Executive Secretaries in the United States — nearly two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $28K to $63K per year, and the median is $44K per year. Total cash earnings of Executive Secretaries range from $28K on the low end to $63K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Executive Secretaries, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,070 - $65,789
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,389
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$12.60 - $26.25
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,070 - $65,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$259.13 - $4,085  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$28,230 - $63,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 922
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $26.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.34 - $40.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$259.13 - $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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$28,230 - $63,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Executive Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $54K annually. Executive Secretaries go on to become Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $35K. Executive Secretaries who move into an Executive Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $45K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretaries seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Project Management, Office Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bookkeeping, Payroll Administration, and Typing. Most people familiar with Office Administration also know Scheduling and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Executive Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Executive Secretaries who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,318

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Executive Secretaries, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in New York (+38 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (8 percent less) and Las Vegas (4 percent less).

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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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Office Management
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Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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National Average
$42,000

Office Administration
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Filing
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Quickbooks
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Typing
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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
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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