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Executive Secretary Salary

With nearly two in three of Executive Secretaries in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $28K to $63K per year and averages out to $44K per year. Total cash compensation to Executive Secretaries varies from $28K to $63K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Executive Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,754 - $65,658
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,861
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$12.55 - $25.86
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,754 - $65,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,806  
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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$28,005 - $63,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $39.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,806  
   
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).
)
$28,005 - $63,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 591

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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 who go on to become Senior Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Executive Assistants is $53K annually. 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 $45K.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Project Management, Scheduling, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Management, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Administration. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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.


Executive Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Executive Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Executive Secretaries with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Executive Secretaries, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in New York (+42 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Boston (+28 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Harrisburg (9 percent lower) and Las Vegas (4 percent lower).

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
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 2%

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Office Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 299 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: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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