Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.65 per hour on average. The majority of Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries claim high levels of job satisfaction. While one-half report receiving no health benefits, approximately half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,041 - $43,898
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,082
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50%
90%

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$8.53 - $16.86
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,041 - $43,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$17,622 - $39,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $16.86  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $25.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$17,622 - $39,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289

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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

  • Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
  • Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.

Common Career Paths for Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive)


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For Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. When Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $10K, respectively.

Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Job Listings

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Typical Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries report a focused set of job skills. Microsoft Office and Filing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry.

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.


For Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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


Filing
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 48%