Executive Secretary Salary

The majority of Executive Secretaries in the United States — nearly two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $28K to $63K per year, and the median is $44K annually. Total cash compensation to Executive Secretaries approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $63K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Executive Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,070 - $65,789
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,389
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$12.60 - $26.25
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$30,070 - $65,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$259.13 - $4,085  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$28,230 - $63,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 922
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $26.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$11.34 - $40.14  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$259.13 - $4,085  
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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$28,230 - $63,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Executive Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $54K annually. An Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role is the most common promotion for Executive Secretaries moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $35K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Executive Secretaries is an Executive Assistant position, where earnings are usually $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, Office Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bookkeeping, Payroll Administration, and Typing. Most people familiar with Office Administration also know Scheduling and Microsoft Excel. 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.


Executive Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,318

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

With a pay rate for Executive Secretaries that is 55 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 New York (+38 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Workers in Detroit and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries



Scheduling
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Office Management
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Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Taking Meeting Minutes
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National Average
$42,000

Office Administration
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Filing
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Quickbooks
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 292 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: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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