Administration Assistant Salary (United States)

Most Administration Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.38 per hour;. The top of the range reaches $19.95, and the bottom approaches $9.97 per hour. Total cash compensation to Administration Assistants bottoms out near $24,181 and approaches $50,838 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $2,580 from bonuses and almost $4,822 from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,181 - $50,838
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MEDIAN: $36,147
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Administration Assistant Salary (?
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$9.97 - $19.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,181 - $50,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,822  
Total Pay (?
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$21,494 - $47,279  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $19.95  
   
Overtime
$6.13 - $30.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,822  
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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$21,494 - $47,279  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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Job Description for Administration Assistant

Most companies use administrative assistants to keep their day-to-day operations working smoothly, and these assistants are responsible for a variety of tasks around an office. These duties can range from simple tasks, such as filing, copying, and typing, to more advanced activities such as scheduling meetings, making flight and travel reservations, payroll, insurance, and bill payment.
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Administration Assistant Tasks
  • Assist with payroll operations, as needed.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and payroll reports.
  • Perform basic benefits, retirement plan and human resources activities.
  • Answer phones, greet visitors and respond to employee questions and requests.
  • Maintain employees' payroll and benefit documentation and electronic files.

Common Career Paths for Administration Assistant

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Administration Assistants who assume a position such as an Executive Assistant—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $12,644 per year. A typical promotion for Administration Assistants is becoming Office Managers or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, where they can expect an extra $3,247 or $3,408 per year.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant

Administration Assistants report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Payroll Administration, Office Administration, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Organizing. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $30K—can reach $33K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $35K. Administration Assistants who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $36K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$32,000
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With a pay rate for Administration Assistants that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis also offer top salaries for Administration Assistants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 24 percent, 16 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more, respectively. In Indianapolis, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Miami and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -4 percent and -3 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Payroll Administration
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Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Word
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Accounts Payable
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Accounting
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National Average
$32,000
Quickbooks
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Data Entry
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%
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