Administration Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.66 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Administration Assistants can bottom out near $23K or peak near $48K depending on individual performance. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Administration Assistants. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,591 - $53,650

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$10.16 - $20.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,591 - $53,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,880  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,658  
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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$22,538 - $47,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $20.06  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $31.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,880  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,658  
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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$22,538 - $47,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 817
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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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Though some Administration Assistants move into positions like Executive Assistant (where the average salary is $45K), this progression is not the norm. Administration Assistants most often move into positions as Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants or Senior Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know Contract Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Purchasing and Human Resources are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 21 percent and 26 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. The majority of those who know Data Entry also know Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

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


For many Administration Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administration Assistants make a median salary of $35K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Administration Assistants that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Portland (+24 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Contract Management
up arrow 26%


Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Administration
up arrow 15%

Payroll Administration
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Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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