Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Executive Assistants lies in the neighborhood of $42K per year. Cash earnings of Entry-Level Executive Assistants can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $28K to almost $59K. Geography 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. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,107 - $58,839
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,747
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$11.71 - $23.82
(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
$30,107 - $58,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,130  
Profit Sharing
$300.57 - $5,089  
Commission
$96.96 - $14,398  
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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$28,342 - $58,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $23.82  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $38.13  
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 - $5,130  
   
Commission
$96.96 - $14,398  
Profit Sharing
$300.57 - $5,089  
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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$28,342 - $58,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,271
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Clear Channel Communications, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Executive Assistants, 34 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 (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin and Miami (3 percent lower).

Executive Assistant Advice

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

Executive Assistant in Chicago:
"Negotiate everything."
Identify pain points quickly with your boss and make them go away. The more you can do that, the more they. Will trust you.

Executive Assistant in Dallas:
"That there was no opportunity for advancement."
Be ready for a hectic pace where you ALONE will support 60 people. The phones are extremely busy, the front desk traffic is non stop and travel is constant! You have to CONSTANTLY negotiate with airlines, hotels and automobile rental companies with little satisfaction! DO NOT EXPECT PRAISE. You will never get it. Be ready to be discouraged and unappreciated. Good Luck!

Executive Assistant in Memphis:
"New responsibility without added pay."
I am a dedicated worker and I am always committed to excellence with every job assignment. I wish I had known when I first started with the organization, to balance taking on new responsibilities above my pay grade without asking for the appropriate adjustment in salary. I have acquired many new challenging responsibilities, and have found success, but have not always been awarded with the proper pay increase.

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Executive Assistant Salaries


Event Planning
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Project Management
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Outlook
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Office Management
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Project Coordinating
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Administration
0%

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 2052 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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