Administration Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.78 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Administration Assistants — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $23K to approximately $48K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although the larger part have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Administration Assistants is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,501 - $52,452
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$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 (?
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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 (?
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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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Administration Assistants who go on to become Human Resources Generalists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Human Resources Generalists is $47K annually. The most common next step for an Administration Assistant is to become an Executive Assistant or an Office Manager. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. 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.

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Administration Assistants in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 5 percent below the national average. Miami and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

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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