The average Entry-Level Executive Assistant earns approximately $44K annually. Overall compensation packages to Entry-Level Executive Assistants range from $29K on the low end to $61K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $8K and profit sharing that approaches $6K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $21K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Executive Assistants. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,375 - $62,288
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MEDIAN: $44,460
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,375 - $62,288  
   
Bonus
$513 - $7,505  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $5,896  
Commission
$961 - $20,895  
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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$29,484 - $61,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,075
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $24.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.15  
Overtime
$18.78 - $41.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$513 - $7,505  
   
Commission
$961 - $20,895  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $5,896  
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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$29,484 - $61,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,492
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Many Entry-Level Executive Assistants can be found at Amazon.com Inc, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Ameriprise Financial, Inc., and Mindbody, Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Amazon.com Inc pays the most with a median salary of $68K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $39K to a high of $77K. Mindbody, Inc, EY (Ernst & Young), and Viacom Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Executive Assistants earning around $54K, $48K, or $45K at each firm, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is a shallow $40K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 71 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Ameriprise Financial, Inc. at $41K, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. at $44K, and Viacom Inc., where $45K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,994

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Executive Assistants that is 40 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Executive Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Portland and 3 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Executive Assistant in North Andover:
Be professional, on time and dress appropriately. Never gossip or relay any information you may be privy to.

Executive Assistant in New York:
"Make your Voice Heard."
The Real Estate industry is a life style! Your strengths rival wall street with the love for challenge, personal flexibility, committed to deliver, and all with a smile providing 5 Star Level Customer Service. You are the front line, face, secret gun of the executive you are assisting. If you attached yourself to a star and they are also a good person they will take care of you from work hour flexibility and helping to achieve that work like balance after building trust. Skills: Organization, On the Spot Decision making, Microsoft Office, basic accounting, any type of marketing experience is a plus (adobe software for print marketing), ability to communicate effectively verbally and written.

Executive Assistant in Memphis:
"How In Depth the position really was in daily Operations."
Stay Focused and true to yourself. Integrity is a quality that will never go unnoticed.

Executive Assistant in Winston-Salem:
"I have worked for the same executive for 20 years."
Review your work. Get to know your executive's associates and friends. Be available when needed. Become knowledgeable on things important to him/her.

Executive Assistant in Rocky Mount:
"I wish I knew that I would never get raises or be evaluated."
Don't take criticism personally - criticism is a learning tool used to make YOU better! Pay attention to the small details, and always call someone by their name when speaking to them.

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Skills That Affect Executive Assistant Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1093 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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