Office Assistant Salary

Median pay for Office Assistants in the United States is around $12.77 per hour. In the world of Office Assistants, total cash compensation ranges from $20K on the lower end to $39K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $4K and profit sharing that approaches $6K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $6K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of Office Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little less than one-half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The vast majority of Office Assistants (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,608 - $44,979
$22K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,427
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$9.71 - $17.48
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$0$44K
Salary $21,608 - $44,979
Bonus $195.39 - $3,911
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $6,082
Commission $25.00 - $6,000
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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$20,356 - $39,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 834
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.71 - $17.48
Hourly Tips $0.47
Overtime $14.48 - $27.32
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $195.39 - $3,911
Commission $25.00 - $6,000
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $6,082
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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$20,356 - $39,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,569

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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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Office Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Executive Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $46K annually. Office Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Office Assistants flock to Sears Holdings Corporation, Food Lion, State Farm Insurance Company, LHC Group, Inc., and University of Utah, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Office Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at LHC Group, Inc., where the average salary comes to $33K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider County of Riverside, Ca, University of Utah, and State Farm Insurance Company, top-paying firms where Office Assistants rake in a decent $30K, $27K, or $25K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Sears Holdings Corporation, where the median salary of $19K is the lowest in the field, 75 percent lower than the top payer. Also approaching the lower end are Food Lion at $19K, Merry Maids Inc at $25K, and State Farm Insurance Company at $25K.

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 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, Typing, and Data Entry. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. A tool kit that includes Data Entry also typically contains Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Office Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Office Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 2,804 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Office Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,134 salaries. An experienced Office Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 847 salaries. An Office Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 370 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,825

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

Home to some of the best pay for Office Assistants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), Washington (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in St. Louis and Miami.

Office Assistant Reviews

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

Office Assistant in Cary:
"Every day is different."
Pros: Every day is different. There is enough to do, so I'm never bored.
Cons: Can get very stressful if the workload increases and there's not enough time to catch up.

Office Assistant in Rockville:
"Working in Telecom."
Pros: Flexibility, the casual enenvironment, a cafeteria onsite, fitness center onsite and the location is convenient from home.
Cons: I am not a permanent employee and I am unsure of the outlook of my position.

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 Waldorf:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: The management advancement, and the people.
Cons: The stressful parts.

Office Assistant in Denver:
"Busy Bee."
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: How much I get paid.

Office Assistant in Greenville:
"NCDPS."
Pros: There is a lot of freedom in this position to plan and complete your work at your own pace.
Cons: The amount of change that occurs with little to no planning.

Office Assistant in Rockville:
"Exceptional Office Support."
Pros: Flexibility, Transportation and Fitness perks, cafeteria onsite, culture and office conditions.
Cons: It's part time.

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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 737 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries





National Average
$28,000

Phone Support
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Scheduling
▼1%

Customer Relations
▼1%

Billing
▼1%

▼2%


▼3%

▼3%


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 737 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 51%
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