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Secretary Average Salary in Denmark 2021

How much money does a Secretary make in Denmark?


Average Monthly Salary
17,800 DKK
( 214,000 DKK yearly)

LOW
9,270
DKK
AVERAGE
17,800
DKK
HIGH
27,300
DKK

A person working as a Secretary in Denmark typically earns around 17,800 DKK per month. Salaries range from 9,270 DKK (lowest) to 27,300 DKK (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Secretary salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Secretary Salary Distribution in Denmark

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in Denmark range from 9,270 DKK per month (minimum salary) to 27,300 DKK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 17,100 DKK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 17,100 DKK while the other half are earning more than 17,100 DKK. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 11,900 DKK while 75% of them are earning more than 11,900 DKK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 21,300 DKK while 25% are earning more than 21,300 DKK.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,500 DKK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,100 DKK per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 18,400 DKK per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 22,200 DKK per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 24,300 DKK per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 25,600 DKK per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Secretary average salary change by experience in Denmark

0 - 2 Years
10,500 DKK
2 - 5 Years+34%
14,100 DKK
5 - 10 Years+30%
18,400 DKK
10 - 15 Years+21%
22,200 DKK
15 - 20 Years+9%
24,300 DKK
20+ Years+5%
25,600 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secretary(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 12,500 DKK per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 17,900 DKK per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 24,700 DKK per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Secretary average salary difference by education level in Denmark

High School
12,500 DKK
Certificate or Diploma+43%
17,900 DKK
Bachelor's Degree+38%
24,700 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secretary Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Secretary employees in Denmark earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
17,500 DKK
Female+4%
18,200 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Denmark for all Careers

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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Denmark

How much are annual salary increments in Denmark for Secretary(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Secretary

Secretary(s) in Denmark are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Denmark / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Denmark is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Denmark for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in Denmark

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Denmark Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
28%
No Bonus
72%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Denmark


100 DKK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Denmark is 100 DKK. This means that the average Secretary in Denmark earns approximately 100 DKK for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Secretary is 26% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist46,200 DKK+160%
Administrative Aide16,400 DKK-8%
Administrative Analyst29,400 DKK+65%
Administrative Assistant21,100 DKK+18%
Administrative Associate21,300 DKK+20%
Administrative Manager30,600 DKK+72%
Administrative Receptionist20,000 DKK+12%
Board Secretary18,000 DKK+1%
Central Office Operator20,700 DKK+16%
Clerk14,100 DKK-21%
Commercial Administrator28,300 DKK+59%
Commissions Processor25,700 DKK+44%
Conveyancing Secretary18,000 DKK+1%
Document Controller16,800 DKK-6%
Document Management Specialist24,900 DKK+40%
Executive Assistant23,000 DKK+29%
Executive Personal Assistant26,300 DKK+48%
Executive Secretary20,800 DKK+17%
Front Desk Attendant20,000 DKK+12%
Front Desk Coordinator22,800 DKK+28%
Front Desk Manager30,100 DKK+69%
Group Services Manager56,100 DKK+210%
Head Receptionist23,100 DKK+30%
Key Account Assistant22,500 DKK+26%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator12,800 DKK-28%
Leasing Administrator24,600 DKK+38%
Legal Secretary21,500 DKK+21%
Librarian24,200 DKK+36%
Mailroom Manager23,100 DKK+30%
Management Support Secretary20,000 DKK+12%
Master Programme Coordinator37,600 DKK+110%
Medical Receptionist21,600 DKK+21%
Meeting and Event Assistant22,400 DKK+26%
Meeting and Event Manager51,900 DKK+190%
Night Manager28,600 DKK+60%
Office Administrator30,200 DKK+69%
Office Assistant14,000 DKK-21%
Office Manager33,300 DKK+87%
Office Services Coordinator26,800 DKK+50%
Operations Analyst41,500 DKK+130%
Operations Manager53,400 DKK+200%
Personal Assistant20,700 DKK+16%
Planning Assistant23,400 DKK+31%
Process Expert30,400 DKK+71%
Program Coordinator28,800 DKK+62%
Programme Assistant24,200 DKK+36%
Project Administrator32,800 DKK+84%
Project Coordinator46,400 DKK+160%
Reception Team Lead27,000 DKK+52%
Receptionist19,800 DKK+11%
Records Officer16,100 DKK-10%
Schedule Officer13,200 DKK-26%
School Secretary19,000 DKK+7%
Secretary17,800 DKK-0%
Switchboard Operator17,400 DKK-2%
Technical Program Manager47,300 DKK+170%
Technical Project Manager47,000 DKK+160%
Typist15,900 DKK-11%
Wayleave Officer14,600 DKK-18%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Copenhagen18,800 DKK

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Denmark earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
39,500 DKK
Public Sector+6%
41,800 DKK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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