Administration Assistant Salary

Administration Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.78 per hour. Total incomes of Administration Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $48K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,501 - $52,452
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$25K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,941
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$10.34 - $20.02
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,501 - $52,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,608  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,637  
Commission
$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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$22,850 - $47,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $20.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$13.43 - $31.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,608  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,637  
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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$22,850 - $47,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 974
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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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At the upper end, Administration Assistants who move into a Human Resources Generalist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Generalists is a much higher $47K per year. When Administration Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Executive Assistants or Office Managers. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Contract Management, Human Resources, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $33K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,496

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

With a pay rate for Administration Assistants that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Administration Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+25 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Portland (+22 percent), and San Jose (+22 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Atlanta (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries


Human Resources
up arrow 20%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 17%



Accounts Receivable
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Accounting
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
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Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 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
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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