Project Assistant Salary

An average Project Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.04 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. There are far more female Project Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,193 - $57,710
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,234
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$13.54 - $24.50
$14
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MEDIAN: $18.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,193 - $57,710  
   
Bonus
$498.18 - $4,805  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$29,641 - $55,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $24.50  
   
Overtime
$19.72 - $36.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$498.18 - $4,805  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$29,641 - $55,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 408

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Job Description for Project Assistant

Project assistants work alongside project managers to help guide their teams on a path to completed product or service offerings. They typically help facilitate communication within a project team and across other departments, and also serve as liaisons between the project manager and other team members and perform important functions like updating timetables, schedules, and progress reports. For many managers working in the development of goods or services, a strong assistant is key to completing projects on-time and within established budgets.

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Project Assistant Tasks

  • Assist in preparing reports and data collection for analysis.
  • Review and distribute project documents.
  • Prepare correspondence related to project.
  • Maintain project records and ensure that all regulatory documents are correct, processed and approved.

Common Career Paths for Project Assistant


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There are some Project Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Technology Project Managers, where earnings are an average $86K annually. The most common next step for a Project Assistant is to become a Project Coordinator or a Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Document Preparation, AutoCAD, Data Analysis, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Microsoft Outlook also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Office Administration and Project Coordinating.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Assistant

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


Project Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. 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 $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,390

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

For Project Assistants, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Salt Lake City (+21 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Portland (+6 percent). Raleigh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Ann Arbor (9 percent lower) and Indianapolis (7 percent lower).

Project Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Project Assistant?

Project Assistant in Fountain Valley:
"Great Challenge, Under Paid."
Pros: The challenge. How every day I'm put into a new situation and I have to figure out how to do it. It's moderately easy, it just takes time and a way to figure out how to do it.
Cons: It's dealing with large amounts of money. So I'm responsible for making really important decisions, that could cost the company a very large amount of money, so I have to be careful and detail oriented. The pay does not reflect this responsibility. The constant stress of having to be working. Never a moment you can relax.

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Key Stats for Project Assistant

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Project Assistant Salaries

▲22%

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$40,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Project Assistant Salaries

Document Preparation
▲14%

AutoCAD
▲8%

Data Analysis
▲6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲4%

Adobe Photoshop
▲3%


Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

Research Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$40,000




Microsoft Outlook
▼4%

Customer Service
▼16%

Data Entry
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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