Those pursuing careers as Administrative Associates in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $41K annually. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. There are far more female Administrative Associates who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Administrative Associates. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,508 - $59,964
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MEDIAN: $40,541
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$11.13 - $22.28
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,508 - $59,964  
   
Bonus
$229.79 - $5,171  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$6,800  
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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$25,340 - $55,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 540
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $40.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$229.79 - $5,171  
   
Commission
$6,800  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$25,340 - $55,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Administrative Associates move into roles as Operations Managers, where pay is an average $59K per year. However, becoming a Executive Assistant or Office Manager is a more frequent transition for Administrative Associates.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Administrative Associates include Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, Stanford University, and Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC. Stanford University offers the largest salaries in town — $52K on average. 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.

The lowest salaries can be found at FedEx Ground — median pay is $27K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $23K and only reaching $34K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Children's Hospital, Boston at $36K, University of Texas (UT) - Austin at $40K, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where $44K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Survey results imply that Administrative Associates deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 Data Entry and Customer Service. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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.


Administrative Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $37K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administrative Associates make a median salary of $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,485

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Administrative Associates, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Administrative Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+42 percent), New York (+35 percent), Birmingham (+24 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbia, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Athens (16 percent less) and Tucson (5 percent less).

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

Executive Support
up arrow 37%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 24%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 18%


Accounting
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
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Human Resources
0%

National Average
$36,000

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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