Senior Secretary Salary

Senior Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.53 per hour for pay. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Secretaries claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,807 - $62,281
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,103
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$12.15 - $23.24
(Median)
$12
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$23,807 - $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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$24,476 - $55,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $23.24  
   
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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$24,476 - $55,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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. Senior Secretaries go on to become Administrative Assistants more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $31K. Senior Secretaries who move into a Senior Administrative Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $41K.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 37 percent, 36 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Those listing Office Management and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Aptitude in Microsoft Excel tends to also indicate an understanding of Microsoft Word.

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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $32K 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 $34K. Senior Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $42K.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

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 37%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 36%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 24%

Typing
up arrow 11%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 8%

Data Entry
up arrow 6%

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