Administration Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.58 per hour. Total cash earnings of Administration Assistants range from $22K on the low end to $48K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $6K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Most Administration Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,289 - $52,391
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$24K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,325
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$10.06 - $20.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,289 - $52,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
Profit Sharing
$339.00 - $5,679  
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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$21,876 - $47,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $20.06  
   
Overtime
$10.76 - $31.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
   
Profit Sharing
$339.00 - $5,679  
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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$21,876 - $47,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 752

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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 not commonly seen, Administration Assistants who transition into an Executive Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Executive Assistants is $45K per year. 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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing and Organizing. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Office also typically contains Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Data Entry also know Microsoft Excel.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $37K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Administration Assistants, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Charlotte (+20 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 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

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$32,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%