Administration Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Administration Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.63 per hour. Total cash compensation to Administration Assistants approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $48K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,393 - $53,536
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,837
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$10.10 - $19.94
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,393 - $53,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,718  
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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$22,203 - $47,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $19.94  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $31.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,718  
   
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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$22,203 - $47,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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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. Administration Assistants typically move into roles as Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants or Senior Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $3K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Administration Assistant


Administration Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Contract Management, Purchasing, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 25 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Filing. 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.


Administration Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. For Administration Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $37K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Administration Assistants, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Administration Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Portland (+26 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 3 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

Contract Management
up arrow 27%

Purchasing
up arrow 25%

Human Resources
up arrow 21%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Filing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 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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