Office Assistant Salary

The average Office Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.80 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and tenure. For the most part, Office Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Office Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little less than one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,655 - $45,932
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$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,635
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$9.73 - $17.52
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$0$45K
Salary $21,655 - $45,932
Bonus $197.47 - $3,952
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $6,082
Commission $25.17 - $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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$20,407 - $39,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 833
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.73 - $17.52
Hourly Tips $0.47
Overtime $14.50 - $27.95
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $197.47 - $3,952
Commission $25.17 - $5,960
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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$20,407 - $39,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,482

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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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At the upper end, Office Assistants who move into an Executive Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Assistants is a much higher $46K per year. Typical career progression for an Office Assistant involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager, roles that pay $3K more and $11K more on average.

Office Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Sears Holdings Corporation, Food Lion, State Farm Insurance Company, LHC Group, Inc., and University of Utah are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Office Assistants. LHC Group, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $33K. Soaring salaries can also be found at County of Riverside, Ca, University of Utah, and State Farm Insurance Company, where earnings of $30K, $27K, or $25K are standard for Office Assistants.

75 percent lower than the top payer, Sears Holdings Corporation offers a median salary of just $19K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. 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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Filing, Typing, and Data Entry. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Data Entry also know 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: $28,019

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

For those looking to make money, Office Assistants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers in St. Louis and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

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 781 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

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▲4%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Billing
▼1%

Phone Support
▼2%

Scheduling
▼2%

Customer Relations
▼2%


▼3%

▼4%

▼4%


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 781 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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