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

The larger portion of Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $11.61 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by one-half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,904 - $44,338
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,209
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90%

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$8.62 - $16.81
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$16,904 - $44,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$17,734 - $39,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.62 - $16.81  
   
Overtime
$1.45 - $25.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$17,734 - $39,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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. When Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $10K, respectively.

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

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Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries report a focused set of job 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.


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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $25K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $30K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

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 59 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
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 49%
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