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Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary (United States)

Pay for Entry-Level Executive Assistants is very modest at just $41K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Executive Assistants can bottom out near $28K or peak near $57K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair portion report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Entry-Level Executive Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary (?
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$29,780 - $57,167
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MEDIAN: $40,866
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Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary (?
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$11.52 - $23.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,780 - $57,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,058  
Profit Sharing
$304.73 - $5,884  
Commission
$255.00 - $13,300  
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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$27,746 - $57,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $23.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.75  
Overtime
$16.30 - $36.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,058  
   
Commission
$255.00 - $13,300  
Profit Sharing
$304.73 - $5,884  
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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$27,746 - $57,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,371
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Executive Assistant

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the most; Entry-Level Executive Assistants earn $44K on average there. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Executive Assistants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, top-paying markets where Entry-Level Executive Assistants rake in more than the national norm (+19 percent, +19 percent, +13 percent, and +7 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Austin and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Executive Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Executive Assistant in Los Angeles:
"Like it Enough and Do it with Good People."
Job satisfaction is important but so many people focus on having a career/job that they love doing. Its great if you can make this happen, but life is full of compromises. If you find a job you like enough and you don't hate. You aren't doing too bad. Find something you like enough and do it with good people. Sometimes its not what you do but who you doing it with that creates an enjoyable work environment.
Executive Assistant in Orlando:
"Change Is The New Norm."
Be prepared for changes in people, in duties, in atmosphere. Treat everyone with respect, you will be surprised at the help you will receive.
Executive Assistant in San Diego:
"Would Have Chosen The Real Estate Industry Earlier In My Career."
You have to be two steps ahead of your boss and don't assume anything. Challenging job that changes by the minutes so you have to be organized.
Executive Assistant in Atlanta:
"Different Titles For Same Work."
If you're looking for work, especially in government, consider including other titles to your search.
Executive Assistant in Chandler:
"Work Harder Than You Think You Should."
"perception is reality." It doesn't matter if you work your ass off, if it isn't perceived, it doesn't matter.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 2580 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%