Administrative Associate Salary

Administrative Associates in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Administrative Associates (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$29,341 - $59,205
$29K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,330
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$11.30 - $22.41
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MEDIAN: $15.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,341 - $59,205  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,143  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$6,800  
Total Pay (?
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$25,472 - $55,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$17.03 - $35.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,143  
   
Commission
$6,800  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,472 - $55,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 500

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Associate


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Administrative Associates may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. The most common career progression for Administrative Associates leads to becoming an Executive Assistant, where average pay is $46K annually. However, many Administrative Associates also opt to become Office Managers. Typically, an Office Manager brings home $36K.

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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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Stanford University offers the most; Administrative Associates earn $52K on average there. 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. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Children's Hospital, Boston ($36K), University of Texas (UT) - Austin ($40K), and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas ($44K).

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Administrative Associates report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Executive Support, Financial Reporting, and Database Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 32 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Data Entry, and Scheduling. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Customer Service and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Associate

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 624 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 273 salaries. An experienced Administrative Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 243 salaries. An Administrative Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,742

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

For those looking to make money, Administrative Associates in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Administrative Associates will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+41 percent), New York (+33 percent), Birmingham (+23 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). In Columbia, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Administrative Associate

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 198 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Administrative Associate Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$37,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Administrative Associate Salaries

Executive Support
▲36%

Financial Reporting
▲32%

Database Administration
▲17%

Payroll Administration
▲14%




Office Administration
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


▼5%

▼5%

Human Resources
▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%
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