Secretary Salary (United States)

A Secretary earns an average wage of $12.20 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Secretary Salary (?
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$18,862 - $45,810
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,826
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Secretary Salary (?
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$8.91 - $17.71
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,862 - $45,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,195  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,750  
Commission
$895 - $2,751  
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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$18,735 - $41,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $17.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.79  
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,195  
   
Commission
$895 - $2,751  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,750  
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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$18,735 - $41,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,025
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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 Difference By Location

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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh
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San Diego
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National Average
$27,000
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Secretary Reviews

What is it like working as a Secretary?
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
$27,000

Skills That Affect Secretary Salaries

Office Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Excel
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Typing
0%
Phone Support
0%
Customer Relations
0%
Accounts Payable
0%
National Average
$27,000
Data Entry
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Microsoft Word
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Organizing
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Customer Service
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Filing
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Bookkeeping
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Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1102 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 43%