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Executive Secretary Salary (United States)

Executive Secretarys in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $28K to $62K per year, typical earnings come to $44K annually. In the world of Executive Secretarys, total cash compensation can vary between $28K and $62K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Executive Secretarys like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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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Executive Secretarys do not often transition into Senior Executive Assistant roles. The role tends to pay $53K per year. An Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role is the most prevalent career advancement for Executive Secretarys. Paychecks for that role are $35K on average. The Executive Assistant position is another common transition for Executive Secretarys; in this role, salaries are typically at the $45K mark.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary

Executive Secretarys report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Project Management, Scheduling, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bookkeeping. Most people familiar with 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 Secretarys, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. Executive Secretarys bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 33 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 32 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 34 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$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. Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Boston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Executive Secretarys earning around 34 percent, 27 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent more than average. Executive Secretarys' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Executive Secretarys in Salt Lake City bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Detroit (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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
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Organizing
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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Filing
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National Average
$42,000
Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
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Quickbooks
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Typing
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Bookkeeping
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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%