Administrative Associate Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Administrative Associates in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $41K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Administrative Associates (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Administrative Associates. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,465 - $58,713
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,556
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50%
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$11.24 - $22.21
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.38
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$0$58K
Salary $29,465 - $58,713
Bonus $487.67 - $5,142
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$25,569 - $54,995
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 667
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $11.24 - $22.21
Overtime $16.85 - $37.47
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $487.67 - $5,142
Commission $6,800
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$25,569 - $54,995
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 568

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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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As Administrative Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Project Managers earn $64K on average per year. Going from Administrative Associate to Executive Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $46K. Many others choose to work as Office Managers, where pay is typically $36K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate


Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, Stanford University, and Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Administrative Associates. For Administrative Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at Stanford University; in fact, median earnings sit around $52K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, top-paying firms where Administrative Associates see paychecks nearing $48K, $45K, or $44K.

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. Children's Hospital, Boston, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($36K, $40K, and $44K respectively).

Popular Skills for Administrative Associate


Survey results imply that Administrative Associates deploy 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, 31 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Data Entry, and Scheduling. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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: $36,922

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

Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Administrative Associates in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Administrative Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+40 percent), New York (+32 percent), Birmingham (+22 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). In Columbia, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Administrative Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Administrative Associate?

Administrative Associate in Tucson:
"Office conditions, school environment, work flexibility."
Pros: Schedule flexibility.
Cons: Unorganized, unappreciative, very low pay for stress levels it comes with.

Administrative Associate in Virginia Beach:
"Customer service based."
Pros: Peopl interaction with nice respectful people.
Cons: People interaction with disrespectful people.

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Administrative Associate Salaries

▲16%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Administrative Associate Salaries

Executive Support
▲36%

Financial Reporting
▲31%

Database Administration
▲16%

Payroll Administration
▲13%




National Average
$37,000

Office Administration
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%


Human Resources
▼5%

▼6%

▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 18%
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