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

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 $11.67 per hour. Although roughly one-half have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, slightly less than half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salary (?
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$16,717 - $43,222
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MEDIAN: $26,467
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Secretary, (but not Legal, Medical, or Executive) Salary (?
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$8.48 - $16.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,717 - $43,222  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,622  
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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$17,613 - $38,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.48 - $16.37  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $25.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,622  
   
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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$17,613 - $38,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 605
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Registered Nurse, where median pay is $55K annually. It is quite typical for Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $6K and $10K higher per year.

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

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries who took the survey. Filing and Microsoft Office are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 4 percent respectively.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $25K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries make a median salary of $27K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median of $30K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly more than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a sixth.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 20%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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

Filing
up arrow 7%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 47%