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Administration Assistant Salary (United States)

Administration Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.38 per hour for pay. Cash earnings for Administration Assistants — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $47K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Most Administration Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Administration Assistant Salary (?
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$24,181 - $50,838
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MEDIAN: $36,147
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Administration Assistant Salary (?
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$9.97 - $19.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,181 - $50,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,822  
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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$21,494 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $19.95  
   
Overtime
$6.13 - $30.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,580  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,822  
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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$21,494 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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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It's not very common for Administration Assistants to move on to become Executive Assistants. Typical pay for an Executive Assistant is $45K annually. Administration Assistants typically move into roles as Office Managers or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $3K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant

Administration Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Payroll Administration, Office Administration, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Data Entry are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Administration Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Administration Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. Administration Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Administration Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $36K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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With a pay rate for Administration Assistants that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis, where Administration Assistants typically earn around 24 percent, 16 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Philadelphia (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Payroll Administration
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Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Word
0%
Accounts Payable
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Accounting
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National Average
$32,000
Quickbooks
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Data Entry
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%