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

Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.28 per hour for pay. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,354 - $46,972
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$47K
MEDIAN: $28,857
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90%

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$8.86 - $18.72
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,354 - $46,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
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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$18,514 - $42,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $18.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.78  
Overtime
$7.76 - $26.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
   
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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$18,514 - $42,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants.

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Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Filing, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry and Microsoft Excel. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Microsoft Office as well.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $23K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $26K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $35K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$27,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Filing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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