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Senior Secretary Salary

Women comprise the majority of Senior Secretaries in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.44 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,656 - $62,765
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$63K
MEDIAN: $35,324
10%
50%
90%

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$12.02 - $23.47
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,656 - $62,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
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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$24,310 - $56,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $23.47  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $37.81  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
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).
)
$24,310 - $56,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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Job Description for Senior Secretary

Senior secretaries go by a number of different job titles depending on their employers; these include executive secretary, administrative assistant, and executive administrative assistant. Regardless of the title, these individuals perform a similar role, helping businesses run efficiently by performing a number of administrative tasks. Senior secretaries usually make more judgments about administrative tasks than their junior counterparts, such as decision-making about incoming requests and other forms of communication for managers and senior staff. Senior secretaries might respond to requests unilaterally without guidance, screen incoming communication, and bring only important matters to the attention of senior staff.

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Senior Secretary Tasks

  • Provide follow-up on requests for information.
  • Respond to non-technical requests for information such as status of reports.
  • Receive and direct telephone calls or visitors.
  • Maintain office records.

Common Career Paths for Senior Secretary


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While Senior Secretaries do not often become Executive Assistants, the job pays $45K per year on average. The most common promotion for Senior Secretaries is an Administrative Assistant position, which usually brings in $31K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Secretaries seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Administrative Assistant role, where pay is often $41K.

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Senior Secretaries report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Excel, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Office Management and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Secretary

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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $33K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $34K. Senior Secretaries bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 28%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Typing
up arrow 5%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Office Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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