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Administration Assistant Salary

Most Administration Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.56 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Administration Assistants spread between $22K and $47K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Administration Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,227 - $52,511
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,395
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$10.09 - $19.94
(Median)
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,227 - $52,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,590  
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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$22,017 - $47,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $19.94  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $31.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,590  
   
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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$22,017 - $47,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 781
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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 do not often transition into Executive Assistant roles. The role averages $45K per year. When Administration Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants or Senior Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Contract Management, Purchasing, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 28 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Filing. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Administration Assistants, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Administration Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Contract Management
up arrow 30%

Purchasing
up arrow 28%

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Office Administration
up arrow 11%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Filing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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