The average Office Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.55 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Office Assistants can bottom out near $20K or peak near $39K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Office Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. For the most part, Office Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While one-half report receiving no health benefits, approximately one-half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,620 - $43,220
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$22K
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$43K
MEDIAN: $31,343
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$9.60 - $17.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,620 - $43,220  
   
Bonus
$154.31 - $4,080  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,134  
Commission
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$20,175 - $38,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 905
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $17.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$13.75 - $28.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$154.31 - $4,080  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,134  
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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$20,175 - $38,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,780
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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 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. 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 $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Office Assistants include Food Lion, Sears Holdings Corporation, State Farm Insurance Company, LHC Group, Inc., and University of Utah. Those at LHC Group, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $30K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Sears Holdings Corporation, where the median salary is just $19K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $15K to $33K.

Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Filing. People who know Data Entry usually also know Filing. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Office Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,390

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 42 percent. Office Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+25 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Office Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Office Assistant?

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 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.

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Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries

Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Relations
0%

Billing
0%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
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Phone Support
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Organizing
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Data Entry
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Typing
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Microsoft Word
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Filing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 624 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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