Administrative Specialist Salary

Administrative Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.16 per hour for pay. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Administrative Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,055 - $60,559
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$61K
MEDIAN: $40,455
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$12.40 - $23.87
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$0$60K
Salary $25,055 - $60,559
Bonus $406.95 - $2,586
Profit Sharing $2,078
Commission $8,650
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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$25,528 - $56,960
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 564
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.40 - $23.87
Overtime $18.54 - $36.52
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $406.95 - $2,586
Commission $8,650
Profit Sharing $2,078
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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$25,528 - $56,960
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 596

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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.

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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


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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. When Administrative Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Specialists or Executive Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Specialist


University of Washington (UW) leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $54K.

Popular Skills for Administrative Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Customer Service, and Customer Relations. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Customer Service and Office Administration. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Office also typically contains Office Administration and Customer Service.

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

National Average: $38,065

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

For Administrative Specialists, Washington provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Administrative Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+41 percent), New York (+40 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Administrative Specialists in Little Rock make 42 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Williamsburg and Memphis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Administrative Specialist Reviews

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

Administrative Specialist in Los Angeles:
Pros: • Love campus. • Education-related issues. • Full benefits. • Retirement. • Close to home. • Like working full time. • Pay is better than before. • Routine. • Quiet office. • Supervisors are nice and don’t micromanage me. • Time to do my own things.
Cons: • I can’t eat at my desk. • I am an admin assistant. • I can do more. • I feel unequally treated. • I am still on contract. • Perceived tension in the office between me and others, but sometimes it’s fine.

Administrative Specialist in Little Rock:
"My Experience as an Administrative Specialist."
Pros: I love that our agency is making an impact in the lives of the people we ar serving.
Cons: I do not like some aspects of the office culture, the fact that some employees can get away with and do certain things that other employees aren't allowed to do, or would be fired for doing. The pay grade is laughable, in regards to the amount of work I am doing.

Administrative Specialist in Boulder:
"Meh."
Pros: Flexible with my needs - accommodating - friendly staff - no micromanagement - a lot of projects outside my job description.
Cons: Somewhat boring, can be overwhelming, sometimes unclear expectations, a lot of projects outside my job description.

Administrative Specialist in Raleigh-Durham:
"Office management."
Pros: Office conditions work flexibility.
Cons: Office conditions.

Administrative Specialist in Albany:
Pros: I enjoy the flexibile schedule and responsibility of organization.
Cons: The pay isnt the best.

Administrative Specialist in Spokane:
"Thankless."
Pros: My coworkers are fantastic and treat me with utmost respect.
Cons: I am underpaid. The ratio of managers to actual workers at my job is obscene: there are about 2 workers for every manager. Managers, and most especially male managers, eat up the lion's share of wages here and do close to zero work.

Administrative Specialist in Glen Ellyn:
Pros: It gives me the experience to do better at my job.
Cons: Demanding and very stressful.

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Key Stats for Administrative Specialist

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Administrative Specialist Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Administrative Specialist Salaries

Travel Administration
▲19%



▲5%



Accounting
▲3%


National Average
$38,000







▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 15%
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