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Senior Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of Senior Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.49 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Senior Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,517 - $62,887
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$63K
MEDIAN: $35,212
10%
50%
90%

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$11.84 - $23.50
(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
$23,517 - $62,887  
   
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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$24,126 - $55,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $23.50  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $35.20  
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$24K$48K$72K
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).
)
$24,126 - $55,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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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 not commonly seen, Senior Secretaries who transition into an Executive Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Executive Assistants is $45K per year. More often, however, Senior Secretaries go on to become Administrative Assistants or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants.

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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 38 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Secretaries — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 38%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

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 34 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%