Administrative Associate Salary

Most Administrative Associates in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.94 per hour. Cash earnings for Administrative Associates — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $24K to approximately $53K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most Administrative Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half.

$27,903 - $56,887
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,676
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$10.30 - $21.60
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,903 - $56,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,438  
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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$24,065 - $53,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $21.60  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $38.00  
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 - $2,930  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,438  
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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$24,065 - $53,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 487

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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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Administrative Associates who go on to become Operations Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Operations Managers is $59K annually. Becoming an Office Manager or an Executive Assistant is a common transition from an Administrative Associate role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate


Known for taking on a considerable number of Administrative Associates, Stanford University, Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are leading firms in the industry. Stanford University offers the best pay with a median salary of $57K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $46K and maxing out at just $66K.

FedEx Ground doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $27K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $34K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Survey results suggest that Administrative Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Administrative Associates, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. Administrative Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Administrative Associates, 56 percent above the national average. Administrative Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+39 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Administrative Associates in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Virginia Beach (22 percent lower) and Philadelphia (13 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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Associate Salaries

Office Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%