Senior Secretary Salary

With approximately three-fifths of Senior Secretaries in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $25K to $59K per year and averages out to $44K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Secretaries. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,535 - $61,211
$25K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,490
10%
50%
90%

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$12.32 - $23.85
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.38
10%
50%
90%

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$0$61K
Salary $24,535 - $61,211
Bonus $2,500
Profit Sharing $7,250
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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$24,945 - $57,113
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 141
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $12.32 - $23.85
Overtime $15.46 - $49.14
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $2,500
Profit Sharing $7,250
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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$24,945 - $57,113
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 154

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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It doesn't happen often, but some Senior Secretaries do move on to become Executive Assistants. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $46K per year. More often than not, an Administrative Assistant role is the next step for Senior Secretaries moving up in the field. Pay for Administrative Assistants is usually $31K. Many Senior Secretaries choose to take on a Senior Administrative Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $42K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Secretary


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Fortunate workers who know Microsoft Word can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Those listing Office Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Typing and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Secretary

Pay by Experience for a Senior Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 43 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Senior Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 52 salaries. A Senior Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 34 salaries.

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Key Stats for Senior Secretary

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Senior Secretary Salaries

▲18%

▲7%

National Average
$37,000

▼3%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Senior Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲32%


Office Administration
▲7%


Payroll Administration
▲4%

Data Entry
▲1%

National Average
$37,000

Scheduling
▼4%

Customer Service
▼5%

Typing
▼20%

Office Management
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%