Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salary
|Salary||$19,814 - $50,980|
|Total Pay (||$19,218 - $42,342|
|Hourly Rate||$9.05 - $19.64|
|Overtime||$8.21 - $29.36|
|Total Pay (||$19,218 - $42,342|
Job Description for Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive)
A secretary (but not legal, medical, or executive) is the glue that holds office-type operations together. In this day and age, secretaries may have a variety of roles in assisting team or work-groups, but the main duty of the job is simply to facilitate operations for everyone else. This often includes performing scheduling work, filing work, typing and transcription, answering phones, and directing calls.Read More...
Most secretaries will need strong computer skills. While there are no strict educational requirements for the position, most employers will require applicants to have proficiency in Office suite software applications and the ability to type above 30-50 words per minute. Secretaries must also have excellent communication skills, as he/she will regularly handle incoming phone calls, be they outside calls or from other work groups within the company. Those in this position are also expected to screen and direct calls to the rest of their particular work-group based on company protocols.
Many organizations employ secretaries to assist in proper document-handling and filing, as well. Strong organizational skills are essential for arranging and scheduling meetings, traveling, and similar work. Secretaries must also be able to juggle multiple tasks at once and prioritize them to help the office achieve maximum efficiency.
Most secretaries should have at least a high school diploma, and many will seek vocational training and placement beyond high school. Because general secretaries do not need the additional training required for work in legal or medical fields, smaller companies may hire them as entry-level personnel. Larger employers typically prefer job candidates with prior experience in the field. Secretaries typically work in office environments during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Tasks
- Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
- Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
Common Career Paths for Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive)
Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $3K more and $8K more, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $25K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $27K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. 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 $33K.
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