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Administrative Associate Salary

Women comprise the majority of Administrative Associates in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.17 per hour on average. Total cash compensation for Administrative Associates runs from $25K to $54K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Administrative Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,138 - $57,224
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,890
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$10.42 - $21.91
(Median)
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$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,138 - $57,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,031  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,470  
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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$24,529 - $53,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $21.91  
   
Overtime
$10.19 - $37.84  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,470  
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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$24,529 - $53,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482

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Job Description for Administrative Associate

Administrative associates (also referred to as administrative assistants) perform a wide range of clerical and secretarial tasks for an organization. Their work usually focuses on maintaining the office's budget and expenses, updating records, and administering company policy guidelines. Additional common duties are ordering office supplies, serving as a mentor for other office staff, training new staff, and assisting with public relations efforts.

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Administrative Associate 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.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Associate


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For Administrative Associates, progressing to an Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Manager can earn $59K annually. Becoming an Office Manager or an Executive Assistant is a common transition from an Administrative Associate role.

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Stanford University, Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Administrative Associates. Although Stanford University offers the highest salaries (median pay is $57K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $46K to $66K.

With a median salary of only $27K (less than half of the top paying employer's rate), FedEx Ground lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Survey results suggest that Administrative Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Human Resources, Office Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Office Administration and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Administrative Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Administrative Associates see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Administrative Associates, South San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 79 percent above the national average. Administrative Associates will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+53 percent), San Francisco (+37 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), and New York (+25 percent). Administrative Associates in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Virginia Beach (22 percent lower) and Philadelphia (20 percent lower).

Administrative Associate Reviews

What is it like working as an Administrative Associate?

Administrative Associate in Birmingham:
"Work Flexibility, Moderate Stress Level, Challenging."
Pros: I am never bored and always busy. Able to use many of my skills and experiences.
Cons: Pay and total amount of time it takes to complete a task. My role and responsibilities are always changing.

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Experience Affects Administrative Associate Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Associate Salaries

Office Management
up arrow 15%


Human Resources
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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