Senior Secretary Salary

Most Senior Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.26 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Senior Secretaries do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,753 - $61,520
$25K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,833
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$12.78 - $23.36
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$23
MEDIAN: $17.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,753 - $61,520  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
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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$25,421 - $58,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $23.36  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $49.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$25,421 - $58,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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.

Senior Secretary Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Secretary?

Senior Secretary in Paramus:
"Wrong job titles."
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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Key Stats for Senior Secretary

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲30%


Office Administration
▲5%


Payroll Administration
▲2%

Data Entry
▼0%

National Average
$38,000

Scheduling
▼6%

Customer Service
▼7%

Typing
▼21%

Office Management
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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