Project Assistant Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, about two-thirds of Project Assistants have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $37,978 per year. The top of the range reaches $51,717 per year, and the bottom approaches $26,549. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $2,959 from bonuses and close to $4,363 from profit sharing—generally runs from $28,812 to $51,647. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. For the most part, Project Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Project Assistant Salary (?
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$28,812 - $51,647
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MEDIAN: $39,006
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Project Assistant Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,812 - $51,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $4,363  
Total Pay (?
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$26,549 - $51,717  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 582
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
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$12.01 - $23.02  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $34.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $4,363  
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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$26,549 - $51,717  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 555
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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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Though some Project Assistants move into positions like IT Project Manager (where salaries climb a respectable $48K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for Project Assistants is moving into roles as Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers, where they can expect an extra $3,514 or $33K per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant

Survey results suggest that Project Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.
For Project Assistants, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $36K to $41K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Project Assistants encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $44K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Project Assistants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York, where Project Assistants typically earn around 10 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (-5 percent) and Houston (-2 percent).

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Experience Affects Project Assistant Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Project Assistant Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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