Executive Secretary Salary

With nearly two in three of Executive Secretaries in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Executive Secretaries is $44K annually and can range from $28K on the lower end to $63K per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Executive Secretaries stretch from $28K on the lower end to $63K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The majority of Executive Secretaries claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,866 - $65,531
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,798
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$12.59 - $25.91
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,866 - $65,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,090  
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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$28,168 - $62,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 872
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$9.44 - $39.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,090  
   
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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$28,168 - $62,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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 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 $53K annually. The most common promotion for Executive Secretaries is an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant position, which usually brings in $35K a year. Another standard transition for Executive Secretaries seeking advancement is to assume an Executive Assistant role, where pay is often $45K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretaries seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 Office Management. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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 Secretaries, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Executive Secretaries who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Executive Secretaries in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Executive Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+39 percent), New York (+39 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Houston (+26 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, perks, the management.
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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries



Scheduling
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Organizing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$42,000

Quickbooks
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Filing
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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Typing
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Payroll Administration
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Bookkeeping
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 293 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%
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