Executive Secretary Salary

Just under two-thirds of Executive Secretaries in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $64K per year, but median earnings come to around $46K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,365 - $66,974
$31K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,997
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50%
90%

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$13.27 - $26.70
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.90
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$0$66K
Salary $31,365 - $66,974
Bonus $486.05 - $5,120
Profit Sharing $145.97 - $12,913
Commission $3,000
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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$30,099 - $63,589
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 451
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $13.27 - $26.70
Overtime $18.33 - $46.19
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $486.05 - $5,120
Commission $3,000
Profit Sharing $145.97 - $12,913
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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$30,099 - $63,589
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 366

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Job Description for Executive Secretary

An executive secretary works closely with a company executive, helping to make their job easier and providing them with administrative assistance. The daily job responsibilities vary depending on variables such as the size of the company and the specific needs of the executive. Many executive secretaries perform the same job functions as other types of secretaries, such as producing charts and diagrams for meetings, maintaining records and files, making travel arrangements for their boss, and monitoring the office budget.

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Executive Secretary Tasks

  • Screen phone calls, emails, mail and visitors; route and resolve information requests.
  • Coordinates space and office organization, and special projects.
  • Supervise clerical staff.
  • Conduct research, prepare correspondence, expense and statistical reporting.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.

Common Career Paths for Executive Secretary


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For Executive Secretaries, progressing to a Senior Executive Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Executive Assistant can earn $54K annually. The most common career progression for Executive Secretaries leads to becoming an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, where pay is typically $35K. However, many Executive Secretaries also opt to become Executive Assistants, a position that pays $46K on average.

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Popular Skills for Executive Secretary


Executive Secretaries report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Travel Planning, Taking Meeting Minutes, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Bookkeeping. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Scheduling and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Secretary

Pay by Experience for an Executive Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Executive Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Executive Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 223 salaries. An experienced Executive Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 342 salaries. An Executive Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 266 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,787

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Executive Secretaries in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 66 percent above the national average. Executive Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+36 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and Cleveland (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Lancaster. Employers in Orlando and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Executive Secretary Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Executive Secretary?

Executive Secretary in Sterling Heights:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Completing tasks.
Cons: Too many policies.

Executive Secretary in Denver:
"A Day In The Life Of An Executive Secretary."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions, stress level, perks, the management.
Cons: Nothing.

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Key Stats for Executive Secretary

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Executive Secretary Salaries

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼6%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Executive Secretary Salaries




Microsoft Office
▲1%

Scheduling
▲1%

Microsoft Word
▲1%

Organizing
▲1%

National Average
$43,000

▼2%




▼6%

▼7%


▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 18%
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