Senior Secretary Salary
|Salary||$24,753 - $61,520|
|Total Pay (||$25,421 - $58,500|
|Hourly Rate||$12.78 - $23.36|
|Overtime||$15.32 - $49.91|
|Total Pay (||$25,421 - $58,500|
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.Read More...
Senior secretaries help dictate the schedules and calendars for managers, as well as arrange logistical issues for events such as meeting spaces, travel, refreshments, and other technical requirements. They also process expense reports for business travel, and they often perform research functions such as composing summaries of incoming data and writing reports for managers. They might also prepare presentations to summarize budget, expenditures, or other business-related information.
Senior secretaries must possess a variety of special abilities and skills. They are often longtime members of the company and are promoted into the senior position; this tenure is part of the reason why managers feel comfortable allowing senior secretaries leeway in making judgments and decisions. Senior secretaries must have excellent communication, organization, and time management skills, as well as familiarity with the business’s practices and technical knowledge about their business' field. Many senior secretaries also have bachelor’s degrees that relate to the business' field.
Senior Secretary Tasks
- Receive and direct telephone calls or visitors.
- Maintain office records.
- Provide follow-up on requests for information.
- Respond to non-technical requests for information such as status of reports.
Common Career Paths for Senior Secretary
Senior Secretaries do not often transition into Executive Assistant roles. The role averages $46K per year. Given that the median pay is $31K, it may be surprising to find that an Administrative Assistant is the most common role for Senior Secretaries to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Administrative Assistant role — which pays $42K — is also typical for Senior Secretaries, though less common by comparison.
Popular Skills for Senior Secretary
Senior Secretaries report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Office Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Typing and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word.
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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $34K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. Senior Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Secretaries with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.
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