Office Assistant Salary

The average Office Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.63 per hour. With bonuses occasionally running north of $4K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $6K, and a few commissions as high as $6K, total income for Office Assistants can range between $20K and $39K according to individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Women make up the vast majority of Office Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While half report receiving no health benefits, one-half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Office Assistants is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,396 - $44,309
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$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $31,068
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$9.67 - $17.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,396 - $44,309  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,072  
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $5,960  
Commission
$24.66 - $6,082  
Total Pay (?
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$20,267 - $39,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 837
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Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $17.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$13.80 - $27.84  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,072  
   
Commission
$24.66 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $5,960  
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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$20,267 - $39,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,532
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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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For Office Assistants, progressing to an Executive Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Assistant can earn $46K annually. Office Assistants typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, and those positions pay $4K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Sears Holdings Corporation, Food Lion, State Farm Insurance Company, LHC Group, Inc., and University of Utah are all popular places to work. Office Assistants flock to LHC Group, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $33K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are County of Riverside, Ca at $30K, University of Utah at $27K, and State Farm Insurance Company, where Office Assistants annually earn $25K.

Sears Holdings Corporation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 75 percent lower than the top payer ($19K). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Food Lion ($19K), Merry Maids Inc ($25K), and State Farm Insurance Company ($25K).

Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Office Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing. Most people who know Customer Service also know Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. Those who learned Data Entry also tend to know Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Office Assistants bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,545

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

For Office Assistants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Washington (+24 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Miami (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 606 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries

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National Average
$28,000

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Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries





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Microsoft Excel
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Scheduling
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Customer Relations
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Billing
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National Average
$28,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 606 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
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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