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Administration Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Administration Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.59 per hour. Total cash compensation for Administration Assistants runs from $22K to $47K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,156 - $52,391
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,180
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$10.08 - $19.95
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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
$24,156 - $52,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,593  
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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$21,909 - $47,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $19.95  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $31.87  
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 - $2,593  
   
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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$21,909 - $47,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 773

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Administration Assistants sometimes become Executive Assistants, where the average income is $45K per year. Typical career progression for an Administration Assistant involves becoming an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant or a Senior Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $3K more and $9K more on average.

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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 Purchasing, Human Resources, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 21 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing and Organizing. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $33K. Administration Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 those looking to make money, Administration Assistants in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Administration Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), and Miami (+15 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Administration Assistant Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Administration Assistant Salaries

Purchasing
up arrow 28%

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%


Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
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%
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