Administration Assistant Salary

Most Administration Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.85 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. The majority of Administration Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,367 - $52,822
$25K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,194
10%
50%
90%

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$10.88 - $20.15
$11
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.85
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,367 - $52,822  
   
Bonus
$196.78 - $4,470  
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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$23,539 - $47,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $20.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$16.20 - $32.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$196.78 - $4,470  
   
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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$23,539 - $47,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 676

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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

  • Answer phones, greet visitors and respond to employee questions and requests.
  • Maintain employees' payroll and benefit documentation and electronic files.
  • Perform basic benefits, retirement plan and human resources activities.
  • Assist with payroll operations, as needed.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and payroll reports.

Common Career Paths for Administration Assistant


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Administration Assistants do not often transition into Human Resources Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year. Administration Assistants typically move into roles as Executive Assistants or Office Managers, and those positions pay $13K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants report using a large range 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 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relations. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Administration Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Administration Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 541 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administration Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 262 salaries. An experienced Administration Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 265 salaries. An Administration Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 119 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,817

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

Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Administration Assistants, 36 percent higher than the national average. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+35 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), and Dallas (+22 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

Administration Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Administration Assistant?

Administration Assistant in Brockton:
"The good and bad."
Pros: I like working with the clients we have some really great people. I enjoy most of the employees I work with they are all really down to earth. The perks of working there is the pay our health insurance for us..but our co pays are very high as a result.
Cons: Management is unapproachable and tends to be extremely defensive about everything. They are close minded when it comes to new ideas and they do not treat everyone fairly. Management treats women different than men.

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Key Stats for Administration Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries

▲24%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$33,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Human Resources
▲19%



▲8%



Accounting
▲2%


Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Scheduling
▼0%

National Average
$33,000



▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 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
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 29%