Administrative Specialist Salary
|Salary||$25,045 - $60,794|
|Bonus||$485.37 - $2,966|
|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).)
|$25,421 - $57,099|
|Hourly Rate||$12.25 - $23.77|
|Overtime||$18.49 - $36.83|
|Bonus||$485.37 - $2,966|
|Total Pay (||$25,421 - $57,099|
Job Description for Administrative Specialist
The administrative specialist for a department performs a variety of administrative and support functions necessary for the smooth operation of the department. They perform administrative and bookkeeping tasks, aid clients and staff in preparing forms and reports, and transfer information into a digital format as necessary. (Afterward, the digital information is often entered into the department database, and the administrative specialist is in charge of maintaining the records and the database.) Additionally, the administrative specialist schedules events and appointments for the department. To facilitate these appointments and events, the specialist contacts clients and vendors on a regular basis to coordinate activities, meetings, and calls.Read More...
Besides planning events and appointments, administrative specialist may also perform project-management tasks. In acting as a project manager, the administrative specialist helps develop the project's scope and requirements. Then the administrative specialist then breaks the project down into tasks and delegate the tasks to relevant members of their department's staff. After the tasks have been completed, the administrative specialist oversees integration and compilation of the planned product. They then test and implement the product, or facilitate the testing process as needed.
Due to the business-focused nature of the position, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required, along with a demonstrated ability to work with basic office software such as the Microsoft Office suite. Administrative specialists also must be effective communicators with strong organizational skills.
Administrative Specialist Tasks
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Supervise support clerical staff.
- Review, track and prepare budgets; maintain records and databases.
- Coordinate space and office organization; purchase and manage supplies and equipment.
- Coordinate office and/or departmental operations.
Common Career Paths for Administrative Specialist
Administrative Specialists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Executive Assistant, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $46K per year. Typical career progression for an Administrative Specialist involves becoming a Human Resources Specialist or an Executive Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $5K more and $6K more on average.
Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Specialist
University of Washington (UW) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $54K.
Popular Skills for Administrative Specialist
Administrative Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Administration, Project Management, Event Planning, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Customer Service, and Customer Relations. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Office also typically contains Office Administration and Customer Service. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well versed in Customer Service and Office Administration.
Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Specialist
Pay by Experience for an Administrative Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 489 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 312 salaries. An experienced Administrative Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 346 salaries. An Administrative Specialist 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 210 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Administrative Specialists that is 54 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Administrative Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+42 percent), New York (+40 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Compared to the national average, Little Rock Administrative Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 41 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Williamsburg (24 percent lower) and Memphis (16 percent lower).
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