Administrative Assistant Salary

An Administrative Assistant earns an average wage of $15.05 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$26,496 - $53,118
$26K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,490
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$11.07 - $20.75
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MEDIAN: $15.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,496 - $53,118  
   
Bonus
$292.37 - $4,923  
Profit Sharing
$290.21 - $5,537  
Commission
$302.01 - $10,015  
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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$24,237 - $48,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14,315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $20.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.55  
Overtime
$16.44 - $33.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$292.37 - $4,923  
   
Commission
$302.01 - $10,015  
Profit Sharing
$290.21 - $5,537  
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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$24,237 - $48,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27,926

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Job Description for Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistants are employed in a very wide range of fields and provides various types administrative assistance to employees. Depending on the workload, they may be trusted with carrying out tasks for one or many individuals within a department, and cross-department work is sometimes necessary. The tasks they perform vary greatly depending on who they assist; when working for individuals, tasks may be personal in nature, such as running errands and fulfilling tasks as they are assigned.

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Administrative Assistant Tasks

  • Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
  • Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.

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Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 20,825 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 12,406 salaries. An experienced Administrative Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 12,302 salaries. An Administrative Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 6,392 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,422

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Administrative Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Administrative Assistant?

Administrative Assistant in Houston:
"Hours Flexibility."
Pros: My management caters to my school schedule. It is close to home. Relaxed environment. I am an essential employee.
Cons: Stressful coworkers. No policies. No room for growth. I do certain jobs but have not been given the title to match.

Administrative Assistant in Statesboro:
"Great work flexibility and office conditions are nice."
Pros: I have sick and vacation time. I have major holidays off. I have comp time to use when I work after hours.
Cons: The set up of my workstation is not correct. Needs to be more ergonomically set up.

Administrative Assistant in Nashville:
"Lacking in Recognition as a Valuable Contributor."
Pros: My role is very flexible with time, allowing for a great work/life balance. I am also in a very lucky position given my specific location and team structure in that I have the ability to network with various teams, managers and executives across different departments. This provides an excellent chance to take on additional projects and expand my skills beyond the scope of my title.
Cons: The culture of my team is one of in-fighting, harmful gossip and insincere relationships. It means I have to constantly be on guard against adding fuel to the fire or being dragged into the back-and-forth game of favoritism. I also struggle to have my contributions recognized, often getting asked what's the difference between my role and a secretary or why I am a member (or leader) of a project when my title ranks lower than others on the internal company band scale. Currently, I navigate these frustrations as the growth and learning opportunities available are worth the struggle for a little while longer. I am actively seeking other internal roles in the same geographical area while I further my education and project experience.

Administrative Assistant in Wright City:
"Exposure to Many Areas."
Pros: I have learned a lot of new skills in this position. I work with a lot of people that work in many different areas. I enjoy that it challenges me constantly.
Cons: The job can be very stressful during certain times of the year. I don't feel my pay is equal to the job that I perform.

Administrative Assistant in Reno:
"Job Review."
Pros: I love working with the community and helping people. I love the laid back feel of the office and the responsible I am given.
Cons: I do not like taking on job responsibilities of others when they are more than capable of doing it themselves.

Administrative Assistant in Hialeah:
"It's a lot of work and must be able to multi task."
Pros: Work flexibility makes it easy to take a day off when needed or take classes.
Cons: It's very hot and dirty even if sitting in the office.

Administrative Assistant in Albuquerque:
"The work is a good challenge."
Pros: I have enjoyed being challenged to learn new things and being successful at it. I have excelled in every area of my job with little recognition by the boss. However, other bosses have noticed and commented about my performance.
Cons: The worst is not being given a raise after a year of working even when it was deserved. Stressful environment.

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Key Stats for Administrative Assistant

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6557 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Administrative Assistant Salaries

▲16%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$33,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Administrative Assistant Salaries


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Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Organizing
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National Average
$33,000




▼3%



▼5%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6557 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 31%