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Project Assistant Salary

Project Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. In the world of Project Assistants, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $52K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Project Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Project Assistants (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,381 - $51,486
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,540
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$12.32 - $23.57
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,381 - $51,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,672  
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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$27,547 - $51,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $23.57  
   
Overtime
$17.83 - $35.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,672  
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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$27,547 - $51,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 571

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Job Description for Project Assistant

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

Common Career Paths for Project Assistant


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While not commonly seen, Project Assistants who transition into an Information Technology Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Information Technology Project Managers is $86K per year. Project Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Project Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Customer Service. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Assistant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Project Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Project Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Project Assistants, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Workers in Raleigh and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Project Assistant Reviews

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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Experience Affects Project Assistant Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Project Assistant Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%
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