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Office Assistant Salary (United States)

An Office Assistant earns an average wage of $11.95 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Office Assistant Salary (?
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$20,326 - $42,530
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,313
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Office Assistant Salary (?
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$8.84 - $16.23
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,326 - $42,530  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,973  
Commission
$193.92 - $3,710  
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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$18,757 - $37,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $16.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97 - $2.54  
Overtime
$9.86 - $24.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
   
Commission
$193.92 - $3,710  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,973  
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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$18,757 - $37,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,252
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Job Description for Office Assistant

An office assistant is responsible for a number of support tasks within the office environment. The assistant will answer the telephone, direct or transfer calls to the appropriate employee, and take messages when necessary. Good phone manners are essential to this job. Time will also be spent putting together records of office activities and ensuring that those records are properly sorted and copied for backup purposes. It is the office assistant's responsibility to complete bills or invoices and mail them to customers and to keep track of contracts and incoming checks. For past due invoices, it may be necessary to call the customer for payment reminders. The job also includes opening incoming mail and sorting it to see that it is delivered to the proper department or employee, responding to customer and affiliate correspondence, and preparing outgoing mail as necessary using a label printer and postage machine. The assistant will maintain files, inventory, mailing, and other database systems to ensure that they are kept up to date. It is expected that the associate will keep track of any office purchases needed to replenish inventory and report such purchases to the office manager, who will supervise the office assistant. Organizational skills are required to keep up with these duties. An applicant must have skills operating office equipment such as copiers, scanners, fax machines, voice mail, and computers. The office assistant should be able to type quickly with a low margin of error, and should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with customers and affiliates.
Office Assistant Tasks
  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.
  • Compile, copy, sort, and file records of office activities.
  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.

Common Career Paths for Office Assistant

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Office Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Office Assistant?
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.
Office Assistant in Bergenfield:
"Flexible Work Environment."
Pros: Telecommuting company, makes a great impact upon special needs children and their families, passionate and dedicated staff, ability to work from home, and flexible scheduling.
Cons: Lack of communication at times between staff members due to telecommuting corporate culture.
Office Assistant in Anadarko:
Pros: I like the people that I work with. I like the jobs I do. I like doing the budget and the purchasing for the whole department. I like managing the Princess program. I like booking travel for the whole department. I like being able to participate in the monthly cultural events. I like being apart of a growing department.
Cons: The only thing I do not like about my job is the pay that I receive. My job responsibilities have expanded greatly from the time I started. I took over the majority of the prior Cultural Preservation assistant Directors responsibilities.
Office Assistant in Worcester:
"Office Culture."
Pros: I like the clients we work with. I also enjoy answering the phones and filling in for the current receptionist. I get to walk around meet with people and see what people need.
Cons: I hate that I have to do like 50 peoples jobs including my own that I have to stock everything and clean everything and people still complain.
Office Assistant in Chicago:
"Work Flexibility And Stress Level."
Pros: Casual atmosphere and working on my own.
Cons: The area it is located, disorganization in the office. Not having benefits.

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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries

National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Phone Support
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Billing
up arrow 3%
Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%
Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Relations
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Customer Service
0%
Data Entry
0%
Typing
0%
Organizing
0%
National Average
$26,000
Filing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1114 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 46%