Administrative Specialist Salary

Salaries for Administrative Specialists in the United States average out at around $38K per year, but Washington employers pay the most, offering approximately $53K on average. Administrative Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+40 percent), Baltimore (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), and San Diego (+25 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,545 - $55,800
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,044
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90%

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$11.53 - $23.15
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,545 - $55,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,489  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $3,025  
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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$24,435 - $53,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $23.15  
   
Overtime
$12.49 - $38.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,489  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $3,025  
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).
)
$24,435 - $53,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 613
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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. An Administrative Specialist often moves on to become an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant or a Human Resources Specialist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Administrative Specialist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, University of Washington (UW) offers the most; Administrative Specialists earn $52K on average there.

Offering only $45K on average, Kaiser Permanente seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $32K on the lower end and $68K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Administrative Specialist


Administrative Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Administration, Human Resources, and Travel Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Customer Relations, and Customer Service. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Specialist

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


For Administrative Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $34K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. Administrative Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $40K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Administrative Specialist Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Administrative Specialist Salaries

Administration
up arrow 25%


Travel Administration
up arrow 15%


Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Accounting
up arrow 5%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$36,000

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Customer Relations
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%
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