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

Women account for the majority of Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.57 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately half have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,305 - $46,721

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$8.51 - $16.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,305 - $46,721  
   
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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$17,643 - $40,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.51 - $16.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.27  
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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$17,643 - $40,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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. Typical career progression for a Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretary involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $6K more and $10K more on average.

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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 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.


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. The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 19%

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
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 48%
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