Administrative Associate Salary
Administrative Associates in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. The vast majority of Administrative Associates (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Administrative associates need to be able to work independently, as well as in teams when necessary; they also must be able to work directly with the upper management on some projects. Additionally, administrative associates need to know basic office practices and procedures and have a general knowledge of accounting. They will need communications and problem solving skills, as well as a strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, and customer service skills.
Although it is possible for an administrative associate to work their way up from the entry-level office position to this one, most companies hire for this position with educational qualifications. Companies generally look for administrative associates with a bachelor's degree in business or a related field. Basic accounting knowledge is preferred, although extensive knowledge is not required. Along with education, anywhere from one to five years of administrative or clerical work is preferred when hiring for this position. However, a combination of education and work experience may also be considered.
Administrative Associate Tasks
- Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
- Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate
Administrative Associates fill the offices of leading firms Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, Stanford University, and Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC. For Administrative Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at Stanford University; in fact, median earnings sit around $52K, the highest in the area. Also paying near the top of the field are Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC at $48K, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) at $45K, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where Administrative Associates annually earn $44K.
Salaries are easily beat at FedEx Ground, where median pay comes to just $27K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $23K and ending at $34K, range in salary is rather small. Children's Hospital, Boston, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $36K, $40K, and $44K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Administrative Associate
Administrative Associates seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Executive Support, Financial Reporting, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 24 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling, Data Entry, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Customer Service 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $35K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $37K. For Administrative Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. As Administrative Associates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Administrative Associates, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Administrative Associates will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+42 percent), New York (+34 percent), Birmingham (+23 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbia. Tucson and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.
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