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

Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.59 per hour. For the most part, Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, approximately one-half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,096 - $45,316
(Median)
$17K
$27K
$45K
MEDIAN: $26,669
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50%
90%

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$8.56 - $16.93
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,096 - $45,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
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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$17,673 - $40,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $16.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.19  
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 - $1,216  
   
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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$17,673 - $40,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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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At the upper end, Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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

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Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries only report a few specific skills. Filing and Microsoft Office are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, 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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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

Filing
up arrow 8%


National Average
$25,000

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 48%
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