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Administration Assistant Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Administration Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.50 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Administration Assistants can bottom out near $22K or peak near $48K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Administration Assistant Salary (?
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$24,223 - $52,459
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MEDIAN: $36,128
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$10.04 - $19.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,223 - $52,459  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
Profit Sharing
$183.41 - $5,430  
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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$21,809 - $47,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $19.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.75  
Overtime
$5.62 - $30.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
   
Profit Sharing
$183.41 - $5,430  
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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$21,809 - $47,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 722
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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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While Administration Assistants do not often become Executive Assistants, the job pays $45K per year on average. A common career progression for an Administration Assistant is to become an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant or a Senior Administrative Assistant. Compared to Administration Assistants, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant

Administration Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Payroll Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $33K. Administration Assistants see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Administration Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $37K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Administration Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Administration Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia.

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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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Accounts Receivable
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Office Administration
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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
Data Entry
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Quickbooks
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 31%