Administration Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.86 per hour on average. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,087 - $52,965
$25K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,106
10%
50%
90%

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$10.79 - $20.23
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.86
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,087 - $52,965  
   
Bonus
$196.68 - $4,150  
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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$23,350 - $47,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $20.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$16.30 - $33.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$196.68 - $4,150  
   
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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$23,350 - $47,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 716

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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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While not commonly seen, Administration Assistants who transition into a Human Resources Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Human Resources Managers is $59K per year. Typical career progression for an Administration Assistant involves becoming an Executive Assistant or an Office Manager, roles that pay $13K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Contract Management, Purchasing, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relations and Data Entry. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,818

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

Administration Assistants will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+37 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and New York (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

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 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▲5%

National Average
$33,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Human Resources
▲19%


▲9%





Accounting
▲2%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$33,000


Scheduling
▼1%


▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 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: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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