The average Office Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.58 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Office Assistants spread between $20K and $39K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Close to one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, around half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The vast majority of Office Assistants (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most Office Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,213 - $43,579
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MEDIAN: $30,915
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,213 - $43,579  
   
Bonus
$151.35 - $4,108  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $5,918  
Commission
$24.24 - $6,183  
Total Pay (?
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$20,165 - $38,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 880
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $17.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$14.31 - $27.94  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$151.35 - $4,108  
   
Commission
$24.24 - $6,183  
Profit Sharing
$152.05 - $5,918  
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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$20,165 - $38,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,737

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Job Description for Office Assistant

As the title implies, an office assistant assists in an office. The assistant will handle incoming phone calls and messages and will perform filing duties. The office assistant may be called upon to assist in typing memos and letters and transcribing hand-written notes as well, and most employers will require some degree of typing proficiency for this job.

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Office Assistant Tasks

  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
  • Maintain and update filing, inventory, mailing and database systems.
  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.

Common Career Paths for Office Assistant


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As Office Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Assistants earn $46K on average per year. Typical career progression for an Office Assistant involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Known for taking on a considerable number of Office Assistants, Sears Holdings Corporation, Food Lion, State Farm Insurance Company, University of Utah, and LHC Group, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Those at LHC Group, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $30K.

Sears Holdings Corporation offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $19K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $15K and $33K.

Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Office Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Filing. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Office Assistants make a median salary of $30K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,409

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Office Assistants, 44 percent higher than the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+24 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Miami and Atlanta (7 percent lower).

Office Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Office Assistant?

Office Assistant in Sacramento:
"Inconsistent Work Environment."
Pros: I like being employed. I enjoy periods that are busy and that challenge me.
Cons: I do not like that I frequently do not have enough work to do. I do not like that I am treated warily on tasks that I am more than capable of performing. I do not like that I am alone in the office the majority of the time. I do not like that I have not received an evaluation in over two years of employment. I do not like that it always falls upon me to pick up the trash and excrement and dirty needles that are left outside of our office. I do not like the poor communication and unprofessionalism that exists in the office.

Office Assistant in White City:
Pros: I like the fact that I can sit at my desk and get things done, I like special orders, I like deck sales.
Cons: The fact that im not in sales as much and only office, answering the phone when I need to do office work.

Office Assistant in Houlton:
"Works hard - Eager to Learn."
Pros: Patient interaction and helping older patients. Working with the computer and creating forms in Word & Excel.
Cons: Not being recognized for my computer skills. Inadequate training. Limited access to formal training.

Office Assistant in Barre:
"Great workplace atmosphere, not best use of degree."
Pros: Great workplace atmosphere, great communication between coworkers and accessibility to technology to fulfill job, flexibility of schedule.
Cons: Not the best use of my degree, some cleaning duties, pay rate.

Office Assistant in Vancouver:
"Office Assistant Review."
Pros: Calm, positive working environment, I like the people I work with and the work that I do.
Cons: I would prefer more of a challenge sometimes.

Office Assistant in North Hollywood:
"Loving My Job."
Pros: It is a fun and creative atmosphere, I love the people I work with. It exciting to see all of the commercials we make, and watch the award shows on TV and see the sets we have built. I try to go out of my way to help all the departments in a kind and friendly way.
Cons: The way the owner talks to people sometime, and the fact that I don't feel I'm being paid what I'm worth.

Office Assistant in Santa Barbara:
"Lots of errands and multitasking. Duties change on daily."
Pros: Working at my own pace/supervision and remaining busy.
Cons: Lack of communication with executives.

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Key Stats for Office Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 622 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 622 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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