Senior Secretary Salary

Senior Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.49 per hour for pay. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Senior Secretaries is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,023 - $62,281
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,103
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90%

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$12.16 - $23.22
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$24,023 - $62,281  
   
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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$24,576 - $55,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $23.22  
   
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).
)
$24,576 - $55,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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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Senior Secretaries do not often transition into Executive Assistant roles. The role averages $45K per year. 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 36 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Office Management and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Microsoft Word is a skill commonly found among those who know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Secretary

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


For Senior Secretaries, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $32K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Secretaries make a median salary of $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Secretary generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 38%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 36%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 24%

Typing
up arrow 12%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 8%

Data Entry
up arrow 6%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

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 34 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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