Administrative Associate Salary

California is the promised land for Administrative Associates; the three top-paying cities in America are San Diego, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Administrative Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$29,073 - $57,123
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,356
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$11.48 - $22.46
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,073 - $57,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,488  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$25,869 - $54,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $22.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.73 - $39.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,488  
   
Commission
$6,000  
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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$25,869 - $54,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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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 do not often transition into Operations Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year. Going from Administrative Associate to Executive Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $45K. Many others choose to work as Office Managers, where pay is typically $35K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Associate


Dominating the field, Stanford University, Children's Hospital, Boston, FedEx Ground, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Administrative Associates. Stanford University offers the best pay with a median salary of $55K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $41K and maxing out at just $65K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where earnings of $48K, $47K, or $44K are standard for Administrative Associates.

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. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at 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 large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Executive Support, Data Analysis, and Office Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 26 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry and Customer Service. Most people experienced in 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 Administrative Associates, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Administrative Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Administrative Associate generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,578

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

There's tons of opportunity for Administrative Associates in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Diego, Palo Alto, and San Francisco all offer salaries above the national rate. Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Administrative Associates earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Virginia Beach and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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
$37,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Associate Salaries

Executive Support
up arrow 37%

Data Analysis
up arrow 26%

Office Management
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Human Resources
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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