Executive Secretary Salary

Executive Secretaries in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly two in three of Executive Secretaries. Salaries average out to around $44K per year and spread from $28K to $63K per year. In the world of Executive Secretaries, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $63K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,901 - $65,576

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$12.59 - $26.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,901 - $65,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
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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$28,246 - $62,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $26.02  
   
Overtime
$9.37 - $39.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
   
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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$28,246 - $62,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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For Executive Secretaries, progressing to a Senior Executive Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Executive Assistant can earn $53K annually. As Executive Secretaries progress in their field, many go on to become Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $35K. Another common career choice for Executive Secretaries is to move into an Executive Assistant role — this promotion usually pays $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 Project Management, Travel Planning, Organizing, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Management, Bookkeeping, and Typing. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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 Secretaries, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Executive Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Executive Secretaries, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+39 percent), New York (+39 percent), Chicago (+33 percent), and Houston (+27 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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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Microsoft Office
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Quickbooks
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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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Filing
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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Payroll Administration
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Typing
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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 287 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
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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