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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 workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.67 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$17,354 - $43,693
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MEDIAN: $26,822
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$8.43 - $16.76
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,354 - $43,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$17,591 - $39,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $16.76  
   
Overtime
$8.29 - $26.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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).
)
$17,591 - $39,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 435
United States (change)

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 experience if they take an upper-level role like Registered Nurse. The position pays an average $55K annually. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $6K more and $10K more, respectively.

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

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Survey takers who work as 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 11 percent and 7 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $23K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $26K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $31K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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 95 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 47%