Executive Secretary Salary

Executive Secretaries who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Executive Secretaries. Pay fluctuates from $30K to $63K per year, but expected earnings average $45K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,171 - $64,649
$31K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,370
10%
50%
90%

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$13.61 - $28.09
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.45
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,171 - $64,649  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$706  
Commission
$2,727  
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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$30,197 - $63,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $28.09  
   
Overtime
$18.37 - $46.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,061  
   
Commission
$2,727  
Profit Sharing
$706  
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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$30,197 - $63,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 357

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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. Executive Secretaries go on to become Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $35K. Executive Secretaries who move into an Executive Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $46K.

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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, Taking Meeting Minutes, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Bookkeeping. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Scheduling and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Secretary

Pay by Experience for an Executive Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Executive Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Executive Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 223 salaries. An experienced Executive Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 342 salaries. An Executive Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 266 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,972

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Executive Secretaries that is 65 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Executive Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+35 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Cleveland (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Executive Secretaries in Lancaster earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Orlando and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Executive Secretary

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
32%
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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼6%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries




Microsoft Office
▼0%

Scheduling
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

Organizing
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

▼2%




▼6%

▼7%


▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 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
32%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%