A Secretary earns an average wage of $12.71 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$19,593 - $48,472
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,370
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$9.61 - $18.42
(Median)
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$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,593 - $48,472  
   
Bonus
$146.17 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$845 - $15,170  
Commission
$250.73 - $7,946  
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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$19,926 - $41,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $18.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$14.41 - $29.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$146.17 - $3,523  
   
Commission
$250.73 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$845 - $15,170  
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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$19,926 - $41,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,863
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Job Description for Secretary

Secretaries fulfill one of the most important positions in the office environment. While the word "secretary" is a generalized term, secretaries' responsibilities range from the mundane to the crucial. They are the gate keepers of must businesses because they serve as one of the first points of contact between a customer or client and the company.

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Secretary 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Secretary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,701

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Secretary Reviews

What is it like working as a Secretary?

Secretary in Dublin:
"I love the work. The pay and atmosphere is awful."
Pros: The job alone, is great. I love the invoicing and dealing with customers.
Cons: The atmosphere and pay rate.

Secretary in Roanoke:
"Life of a secretary."
Pros: I love that I have set perimeters for each day its my routine I know what to semi expect so I none the less do my job correct, my co-workers are a delight its never a dull moment with them. My boss is a great boss and is extremely understanding! I can honestly say this is the best job I have had yet!
Cons: The fact that I only make 11.50 and would like to make 16.99 that's the only con I have thus far.

Secretary in Bloomington:
"Somewhat stressful job."
Pros: I like that the phone isn't always wringing. I also like that my manager is very comprehensive and very flexible with my hours.
Cons: I feel like they are putting me to do personal assistant jobs when all I am to the company is there secretary. I don't get payed enough and don't get payed vacations.

Secretary in Huron:
"What I love about my job."
Pros: I feel a since of responsibility around the office. I love all my co-workers, and bosses. I like that I get to use my organizational , customer service, and computer skills.
Cons: I'd like people not to change there mind so much on orders. I don't like how one order gets messed up can interpret an entire month of orders.

Secretary in Alton:
"I Have A Great Job."
Pros: I get to work with young people, (Middle School children in a Catholic School) I work with two excellent Principals, and a seasoned secretary at the elementary school. I get to put to use my extensive knowledge and expertise in personal interaction with both youth and their parents, my software expertise, my years of business experience and my creativity are highly valued.
Cons: It's restrictive; I'm unable to wander far from my office, as we do not have back-up personnel. I must be there to answer the phone, or doorbell all the time.

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Experience Affects Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$28,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Typing
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Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Phone Support
up arrow 4%

Organizing
up arrow 4%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 4%

Billing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 604 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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