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

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 $12.75 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and two in five receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,814 - $50,980
$20K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,983
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$9.13 - $19.70
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MEDIAN: $12.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,814 - $50,980  
   
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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$19,342 - $42,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $19.70  
   
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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$19,342 - $42,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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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As Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $56K on average per year. 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 $4K and $8K, 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.


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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $25K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $27K. On average, Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $35K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
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
▲27%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

▼9%

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

Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

Filing
▼4%

Data Entry
▼6%


Microsoft Excel
▼11%

Microsoft Word
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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