What does a Secretary do?

Secretaries perform general clerical tasks, generally on behalf of a leader in the organization. If you are highly motivated and organized then this might just be the job for you. Day-to-day life as a secretary includes coordinating various calendars, taking phone calls and messages, sending emails, prepping for large meetings and presentations, capturing notes in meetings, and many other related tasks.

Secretaries are typically outgoing and friendly people who work well with many leadership personality types. Strong secretaries excel at organization, management of multiple peoples' time and expectations, and have a self-starter attitude, getting things done before others recognize the need. People that are successful in this role will usually progress into assisting higher level leaders (sometimes becoming an Executive Assistant), managing other secretaries, or working as an office manager.

  • Greet visitors and point them in the right direction, answer inquiries, and create a welcoming environment
  • Organize and maintain files and databases in a confidential manner
  • Manage communication including emails and phone calls
  • Screen phone calls, redirect calls, and take messages
  • Schedule appointments, meetings, and reservations as needed
  • Receive deliveries; sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Maintain and order office supplies
  • Receive invoices and review for accuracy
  • Coordinate staff travel arrangements including transportation and accommodations
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. associate's degree in Business Administration preferred.
  • 2-3 years of clerical, secretarial, or office experience
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with routinely shifting demands
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Data entry experience
  • Working knowledge of general office equipment
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Secretary Salaries

Average Base Pay

HK$19,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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HK$15K
Median: HK$19K
HK$30K
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Secretary Career Path

Learn how to become a Secretary, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Secretary
HK$265,000/yr
L3
Senior Secretary
No Salary Reports
L4
Secretary IV
No Salary Reports
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Secretary Insights

Read what Secretary professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Snell & WilmerSnell & Wilmer
Secretary
25 Jul 2019

“I am pretty sure some of these reviews that give them a good rate are fake.”

Family Development ServicesFamily Development Services
Center Secretary
30 Mar 2020

“I have enjoyed working with the families we serve and have had the benefit of working with some great teachers.”

ARcare (Arkansas)ARcare (Arkansas)
Secretary
2 Oct 2021

“There is not enough training in the beginning to prepare you for what you have to do.”

Fresenius Medical Care - North AmericaFresenius Medical Care - North America
Secretary
8 Jul 2021

“Clerical salary is within range for basic duties that other companies however you will go above and beyond in this position.”

Air PartnerAir Partner
Assistant Company Secretary
22 Oct 2019

“I have been here for a year and have found my move to Air Partner a great step for career development.”

VA HealthVA Health
Secretary
1 Jan 2022

“Stable and good work life balance”

United NationsUnited Nations
Team Assistant
9 Nov 2021

“Good work life balance and interesting”

Afriship Logistics and Trading
Secretary
8 Oct 2021

“Good salary rate and good”

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Secretary Interviews

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Secretary jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a secretary

When working as a secretary, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Word Processing, Microsoft Office Suite, Typing, Written Communication and CPR First Aid.

The most similar professions to secretary are:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a secretary is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.