With just below two-thirds 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 $46K annually and can range from $30K on the lower end to $64K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Executive Secretaries range from $30K on the low end to $64K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Executive Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,333 - $65,524
$31K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,512
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90%

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$13.31 - $28.10
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,333 - $65,524  
   
Bonus
$494.35 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$145.97 - $3,973  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$30,020 - $64,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $28.10  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $46.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$494.35 - $5,057  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$145.97 - $3,973  
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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$30,020 - $64,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 376

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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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As Executive Secretaries transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Executive Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Executive Assistants earn $54K on average per year. Becoming an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is, more often than not, the most common role that Executive Secretaries move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is $35K. Another frequent advance is for Executive Secretaries to assume an Executive Assistant role; in this role, workers often take home $46K.

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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, Taking Meeting Minutes, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Bookkeeping. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Scheduling and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Secretary

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Executive Secretaries who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,079

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Executive Secretaries, 56 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+34 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Executive Secretary's salary, with Lancaster Executive Secretaries earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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.
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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 141 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 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
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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