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

Most Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.70 per hour. Although nearly one-half lack health benefits of any kind, about one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$17,247 - $43,512
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $25,921
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$8.52 - $16.95
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,247 - $43,512  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
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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$17,635 - $39,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.52 - $16.95  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $25.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
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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$17,635 - $39,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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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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 $55K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretary involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $6K more and $10K more on average.

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

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Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries report a narrow range of specific skills. Microsoft Office and Filing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker earns $23K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $25K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 10%

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


Filing
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 48%
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