Senior Secretary Salary

Women comprise the majority of Senior Secretaries in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.47 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,063 - $62,125

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$12.21 - $23.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,063 - $62,125  
   
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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$24,632 - $55,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $23.15  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $37.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$24,632 - $55,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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 some Senior Secretaries move into positions like Executive Assistant (where the average salary is $45K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming an Administrative Assistant is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Secretaries move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Administrative Assistant is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Secretaries to assume a Senior Administrative Assistant role; in this role, workers often take home $41K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Secretary


Senior Secretaries report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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, 26 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Office Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Secretary

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


For Senior Secretaries, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Senior Secretaries in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $34K. Senior Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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 10%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 38%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 26%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 16%

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 1%

Office Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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