Most Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.80 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a little less than one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by over one-half and dental insurance is reported by close to two-fifths. Most Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,814 - $50,980
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$51K
MEDIAN: $29,796
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$9.05 - $19.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,814 - $50,980  
   
Bonus
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$19,218 - $42,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $19.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$8.21 - $29.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$700  
   
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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$19,218 - $42,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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.

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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)


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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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Key Stats for Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$28,000

Filing
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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