Just under two-thirds of Executive Secretaries in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $30K to $64K per year, and the average comes out to $46K annually. Overall cash earnings for Executive Secretaries stretch from $30K on the lower end to $64K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,166 - $65,361
$31K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,516
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50%
90%

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$13.27 - $28.17
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,166 - $65,361  
   
Bonus
$503 - $5,145  
Profit Sharing
$148.09 - $4,894  
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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$29,792 - $64,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $28.17  
   
Overtime
$19.80 - $47.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$503 - $5,145  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$148.09 - $4,894  
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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$29,792 - $64,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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

  • Screen phone calls, emails, mail and visitors; route and resolve information requests.
  • Coordinates space and office organization, and special projects.
  • Supervise clerical staff.
  • Conduct research, prepare correspondence, expense and statistical reporting.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.

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. More often than not, an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role is the next step for Executive Secretaries moving up in the field. Pay for Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants is usually $35K. Many Executive Secretaries choose to take on an Executive Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $46K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretaries report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Quickbooks, Project Management, Travel Planning, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Filing, and Bookkeeping. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Scheduling and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Secretary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Executive Secretaries, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $40K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $41K. Executive Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Executive Secretary generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,029

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Executive Secretaries, 56 percent higher than the national average. Executive Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+39 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), and Las Vegas (+21 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Lancaster Executive Secretaries earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Orlando and Harrisburg are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Executive Secretary

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries




Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Organizing
0%

National Average
$43,000

Typing
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%



up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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