Administrative Associate Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Administrative Associates in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $40K annually. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,301 - $57,243
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,029
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$10.79 - $22.11
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,301 - $57,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,867  
Profit Sharing
$525 - $2,500  
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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$24,900 - $54,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $22.11  
   
Overtime
$10.11 - $37.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,867  
   
Profit Sharing
$525 - $2,500  
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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$24,900 - $54,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 464
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. An Administrative Associate may also move into a role as an Office Manager or an Executive Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate


Stanford University, Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Administrative Associates. Stanford University pays the most with a median salary of $57K, though there is little variation overall ($46K to $66K).

Considering that the median salary at FedEx Ground is a shallow $27K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Administrative Associates report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Human Resources, Office Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administrative Associates make a median salary of $39K. 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


With a pay rate for Administrative Associates that is 52 percent greater than the national average, Palo Alto offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Administrative Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), Birmingham (+23 percent), and New York (+21 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Administrative Associates in San Antonio earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Virginia Beach (23 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 14%


Human Resources
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

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 185 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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