Administrative Specialist Salary

Median pay for Administrative Specialists in the United States comes out to approximately $38K per year, but employers in Washington pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $53K. Administrative Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), Baltimore (+28 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,620 - $56,133

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$11.62 - $23.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,620 - $56,133  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$1,050 - $3,000  
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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$24,583 - $53,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $23.02  
   
Overtime
$12.70 - $37.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050 - $3,000  
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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$24,583 - $53,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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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

  • Provide administrative support and coordinate meetings.
  • Fill out and organize forms, invoices, correspondence, and other paperwork.
  • Provide assistance to management by conducting research and preparing reports or presentations.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Specialist


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Many Administrative Specialists move into an Executive Assistant role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $45K per year. It is not unusual for an Administrative Specialist to become an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant or a Human Resources Specialist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Specialist


Those at University of Washington (UW) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K.

Popular Skills for Administrative Specialist


Survey results imply that Administrative Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Travel Administration, Administration, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 24 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry, Customer Service, and Customer Relations. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Administrative Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. Administrative Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Administrative Specialist Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Specialist Salaries

Travel Administration
up arrow 25%




Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Accounting
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Event Planning
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Accounts Payable
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National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Excel
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
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Customer Relations
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%
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