Senior Secretary Salary

Senior Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.58 per hour for pay. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,367 - $63,177
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$63K
MEDIAN: $36,187
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$12.04 - $22.98
(Median)
$12
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,367 - $63,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,620  
Profit Sharing
$11,000  
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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$24,689 - $56,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $22.98  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,620  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,000  
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).
)
$24,689 - $56,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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While Senior Secretaries do not often become Executive Assistants, the job pays $45K per year on average. An Administrative Assistant role is the most common promotion for Senior Secretaries moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $31K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Secretaries is a Senior Administrative Assistant position, where earnings are usually $41K.

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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 Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Office Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $32K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Secretary generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.

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Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 35%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 16%


Typing
up arrow 9%

Office Administration
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 8%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 6%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Office Management
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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