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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 $11.71 per hour. Most Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, around half claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$17,447 - $43,898
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $25,926
10%
50%
90%

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$8.48 - $17.01
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,447 - $43,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$17,640 - $39,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.48 - $17.01  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $25.67  
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 - $1,350  
   
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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$17,640 - $39,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles 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. Microsoft Office and Filing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Non-Legal, non-Medical, and non-Executive Secretaries make a median salary of $28K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, 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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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