Administration Assistant Salary

Most Administration Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.64 per hour. In the world of Administration Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $47K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,307 - $53,589
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,723
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$10.10 - $19.95
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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
$24,307 - $53,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,703  
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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$22,133 - $47,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $19.95  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $31.59  
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 - $2,703  
   
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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$22,133 - $47,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 797
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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. Administration Assistants most often move into positions as Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants or Senior Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Survey takers working as Administration Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Contract Management, Purchasing, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 25 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing. The majority of those 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Administration Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $33K. On average, Administration Assistants make $35K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Administration Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Administration Assistants in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Administration Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Portland (+26 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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 26%

Purchasing
up arrow 25%

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Filing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 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: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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