Senior Secretaries in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.57 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Senior Secretaries — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,714 - $61,485
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$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,488
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$11.98 - $24.09
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,714 - $61,485  
   
Bonus
$2,597  
Total Pay (?
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$24,850 - $59,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $24.09  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $47.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,597  
   
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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$24,850 - $59,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Secretaries move into roles as Executive Assistants, where pay is an average $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.

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Popular Skills for Senior Secretary


Survey results suggest that Senior Secretaries put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 7 percent, and 6 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $36K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $31K. Senior Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $47K.

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Make sure the job description matches the title of the job. They tend to use old fashion titles and job descriptions far from the actual and present needs of the positions, to avoid paying salary scales in accordance to the actual duties and responsibilities. In addition, beware to have superiors or other coworkers dumping none related work or other people or departments responsibilities on you.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
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National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 31%


Office Administration
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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Data Entry
0%

National Average
$38,000

Scheduling
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Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Typing
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Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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