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Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary

The average Entry-Level Executive Assistant earns approximately $42K per year. Final incomes of Entry-Level Executive Assistants generally vary between $28K and $58K; more lucrative packages include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions — occasionally as high as $5K each for the first two and $14K for the last. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Executive Assistants. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,061 - $58,669
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,549
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$11.65 - $23.69
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,061 - $58,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,123  
Profit Sharing
$296.81 - $5,081  
Commission
$103.04 - $14,156  
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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$28,215 - $58,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,998
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $23.69  
   
Overtime
$16.54 - $37.56  
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 - $5,123  
   
Commission
$103.04 - $14,156  
Profit Sharing
$296.81 - $5,081  
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).
)
$28,215 - $58,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,268

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Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Executive Assistants, 33 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Executive Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami and Austin (3 percent lower).

Executive Assistant Advice

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

Executive Assistant in New York:
"Tools necessary to excel."
Register for all available computer training offered by the employer. Research your boss's role and assess your scope of work.

Executive Assistant in San Francisco:
"That it required project management skills."
Much of what an executive assistant does is classified as administrative, however, be careful not to be hired to do the work of a project manager for a lower wage. It is a common practice to hire someone for lower wages who is less of a cookie-cutter fit to any one role, but can do the work of a project management consultant and is unaware of the pay that they can request for such services.

Executive Assistant in Grand Rapids:
"Income."
I wish I'd know what the financial 'caps' were for my position. Same positions are now starting at nearly what I currently make after 23 years, including all benefits.

Executive Assistant in Los Angeles:
"Learning Key Internal Processes."
Seek and cultivate relationships with internal contacts when learning new processes that relate to your job function and keep your manager updated with a time line of your progress of getting tasks completed. Always provide next steps and eta of completion.

Executive Assistant in Rome:
"Self-starter with strong sense of ownership and involvement."
Self-starter with strong sense of ownership and involvement is critical with a high energy level and strong work ethic. Must also be flexible to work overtime if needed. The following ESSENTIAL TRAITS: Helpful, Organized, Analytical, Takes Initiative, Wants Challenge, Diplomatic, Trustworthy, Precise, Warmth & Empathy, Writing & Language, Resourceful, Non-Smoker. The following DESIRABLE TRAITS: Computer/Tech Savvy, Clerical, Optimistic, High Tolerance for Pressure, Enthusiastic, Collaborative, Authoritative when Necessary, Manages Stress Well, Systematic, Creative.

 
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salaries



Scheduling
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Project Management
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Microsoft Outlook
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Administration
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Office Management
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Project Coordinating
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National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Microsoft Word
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Human Resources
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2150 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%
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