Administrative Specialist Salary

Administrative Specialists in the United States earn an average of $39K annually; salaries are particularly strong in Washington, where workers earn around $54K. Administrative Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+41 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Baltimore (+19 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,866 - $57,027
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,875
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$11.77 - $23.41
(Median)
$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,866 - $57,027  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,522  
Profit Sharing
$2,115  
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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$24,782 - $54,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 777
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $23.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.33 - $37.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,522  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,115  
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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$24,782 - $54,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 748
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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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Administrative Specialists often transition into Executive Assistant positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Executive Assistants earn $45K per year. Career advancement for the typical Administrative Specialist often leads to becoming a Human Resources Specialist or an Executive Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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 $54K.

Popular Skills for Administrative Specialist


Administrative Specialists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Travel Administration, Human Resources, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Customer Service, and Customer Relations. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Customer Service. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Office Administration, Customer Service, and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administrative Specialists make a median salary of $39K. Administrative Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,670

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Experience Affects Administrative Specialist Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Administrative Specialist Salaries

Travel Administration
up arrow 23%





Payroll Administration
up arrow 7%

Accounting
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National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Office Administration
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Customer Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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