Office Assistant Salary

Median pay for Office Assistants in the United States is around $12.18 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Office Assistants (largely between $19K and $38K) includes potential earnings of $1K from bonuses, $4K from profit sharing, and commissions of $12K in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Office Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one-half lack any form of coverage — but close to one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. The vast majority (90 percent) of Office Assistants who took the survey are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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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Office Assistants who transition into an Executive Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $45K per year. When Office Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Administrative Assistants or Office Managers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $12K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


State Farm Insurance Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $28K.

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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing. A tool kit that includes Data Entry also typically contains Filing. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Office Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. For Office Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $30K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,520

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, 31 percent above the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

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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