Office Assistant Salary

The average Office Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.11 per hour. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Office Assistants — as high as $1K, $4K and $12K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $19K to $38K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Although a little less than half lack health benefits of any kind, one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Office Assistants are female. Job satisfaction for Office Assistants is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,721 - $42,986

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$9.03 - $16.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,721 - $42,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,337  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $3,576  
Commission
$-0.50 - $11,745  
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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$19,177 - $37,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $16.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.85 - $2.52  
Overtime
$10.00 - $25.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,337  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $3,576  
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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$19,177 - $37,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,917
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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

  • 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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As Office Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Assistants earn $45K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Office Assistant often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


With a median salary of $18K, Sears Holdings Corporation provides Office Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $23K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Office Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Scheduling, Billing, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

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


For many Office Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Office Assistants make a median salary of $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $30K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Office Assistants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Office Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+32 percent), New York (+24 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Sacramento is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Office Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Office Assistant?

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.

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.

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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries


Scheduling
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Billing
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Phone Support
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Relations
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
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Data Entry
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Typing
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Organizing
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Filing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1112 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 47%
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