Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary (United States)

With more than two-thirds of Entry-Level Executive Assistants reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $39,775 per year. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Executive Assistants—including $5,058 bonuses, $5,884 profit sharing proceeds, and $13,300 commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $27,746 and $57,023. Geographic location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary (?
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$29,780 - $57,167
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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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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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

Those at Clear Channel Communications, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43,693. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Ameriprise Financial, Inc., where the median salary is just $30,588.

Pay Difference By Location

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Entry-Level Executive Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Entry-Level Executive Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (-5 percent) and Portland (-3 percent).

Executive Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
Executive Assistant in Tampa:
"Confidentiality Required."
You will be responsible for maintaining private correspondence and bank accounts. Multi-tasking is critical and no two days will be the same.
Executive Assistant in Washington:
"Work Hard And Continue To Learn."
Learn all that you can about the company you are working for. Make your boss look good at all costs. Keep current with new techniques and trends. Always strive to be your best. Dress appropriately.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
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female alumni
 
Male
8%
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Common Health Benefits

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