Project Assistant Salary (United States)

Slightly less than two-thirds of Project Assistants report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $37,978 annually on average. The top of the range reaches $51,717 per year, and the bottom approaches $26,549. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Project Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
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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$12.01 - $23.02
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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
Hourly Rate
$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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly found, Project Assistants who move on to become IT Project Managers bring in an additional $48K annually. When Project Assistants are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers, where they can expect an additional $3,514 or $33K per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant

Survey results suggest that Project Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Those who have experience with Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.
Though Project Assistants can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $36K range but grow to $41K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. As Project Assistants reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $44K. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Project Assistants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+10 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh. Employers pay around -5 percent in Portland and -2 percent in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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