Office Assistant Salary

Office Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $12.18 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Office Assistants — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $19K to approximately $38K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Although half lack health benefits of any kind, approximately one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Office Assistants is high. There are far more female Office Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,933 - $43,277
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $31,142
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$9.11 - $16.75
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,933 - $43,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,448  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,624  
Commission
$296.96 - $11,836  
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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$19,368 - $37,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $16.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.02  
Overtime
$10.35 - $26.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,448  
   
Commission
$296.96 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,624  
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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$19,368 - $37,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,502
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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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For Office Assistants, progressing to an Executive Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Assistant can earn $45K annually. The most common next step for an Office Assistant is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


State Farm Insurance Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $28K.

Sears Holdings Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $18K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $23K.

Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Survey takers working as Office Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Filing. Most people who know Customer Service also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. Office Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,520

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

Office Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Office Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

Office Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Office Assistant?

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.

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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries


Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Office
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Scheduling
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Customer Relations
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Billing
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Phone Support
0%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
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Microsoft Word
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Data Entry
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Organizing
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Typing
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Filing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1176 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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