Project Assistant Salary
|Salary||$30,193 - $57,710|
|Bonus||$498.18 - $4,805|
|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).)
|$29,641 - $55,499|
|Hourly Rate||$13.54 - $24.50|
|Overtime||$19.72 - $36.56|
|Bonus||$498.18 - $4,805|
|Total Pay (||$29,641 - $55,499|
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.Read More...
Project assistants serve an administrative function which typically involves sorting and filing important documentation, as well as setting up design/production meetings, distributing project updates, and facilitating team communication by performing background work on conference calls or video chats. They may also be responsible for ensuring that all scheduled progress reports are collected in a timely manner and any timetable changes are communicated.
Those in this position must ensure that all members of various project teams have the resources they need. This work can be as simple as ensuring that all computers and printers are maintained and in good working order, or that office supplies are replenished and restocked. Project assistants also work with other departments outside the project team to provide necessary communication, such as feedback from quality assurance groups on early alpha versions or prototypes of existing projects.
Most project assistants have at least some secondary education, such as an associate's degree from a community college or vocational school. Education requirements vary by employer, and in some technical projects an undergraduate degree may be necessary. Prior experience in administrative work is often required, as well. Most project assistants work regular business hours in an office environment.
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
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.
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
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).
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