Average Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salary

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The average salary for a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is $116,892.
MEDIAN $116,892
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$63k - $216k
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$3k - $30k
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$61k - $255k

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Job Description for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

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Popular Skills for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Skills in Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting, Office Administration, Human Resources (HR) and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

An entry-level Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $91,422 based on 23 salaries. An early career Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,228 based on 51 salaries. A mid-career Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,077 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,655 based on 97 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $151,027.
Employees with Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 28.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (24.9% more) and Los Angeles, California (19.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (16.6% less) and Tampa, Florida (7.5% less).

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