Women account for the majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.84 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,960 - $52,613
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,082
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$10.76 - $20.19
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,960 - $52,613  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,114  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$23,309 - $47,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $20.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17  
Overtime
$16.44 - $33.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,114  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$23,309 - $47,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 692
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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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There are some Administration Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Human Resources Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. Executive Assistants or Office Managers are common next-step roles for Administration Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Executive Assistants is $13K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Office Managers.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Contract Management, Payroll Administration, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relations, Scheduling, and Data Entry. Most people skilled in Data Entry are similarly competent in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Administration Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $34K. Administration Assistants bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $40K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,922

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Administration Assistants, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 62 percent above the national average. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+39 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Human Resources
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Office Administration
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Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$33,000

Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Word
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Data Entry
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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