ERIC Number: ED267183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Secretaries...Who Earns What? and Why?
Professional Secretaries International, Kansas City, MO.
A study examined earning patterns among secretaries. A mail questionnaire that contained 76 separate questions soliciting responses on 154 variables was administered to a sample of nearly 1,000 members of Professional Secretaries International throughout the United States and Canada. It was determined that length of time with an employer has more impact on salary than skills, education, or even job title. However, compensation did not appear to keep up when secretaries stayed with the same supervisor too long (unless that supervisor was promoted). New secretaries earned only $1,000 per year less than those with 20 years of experience. Low pay rates make job hopping unprofitable, but those just entering the field appeared to benefit from the shortage of secretaries. The title Certified Professional Secretary appeared to command higher entry salaries. Except for those without a high school diploma and those with a master's degree, education did not affect salary. Secretaries employed after 45 years of experience earned less than those just entering the field. When all other factors were equal, secretaries who were heads of households earned more. The majority of respondents saw no advancement opportunity; however, having a career discussion with one's supervisor was considered helpful. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Professional Secretaries International, Kansas City, MO.