Project Assistant Salary

Those pursuing careers as Project Assistants in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K per year. Overall cash earnings for Project Assistants stretch from $28K on the lower end to $52K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Project Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Project Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,529 - $51,456

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$12.36 - $23.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,529 - $51,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,049  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $4,591  
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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$27,819 - $51,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $23.62  
   
Overtime
$18.39 - $35.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,049  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $4,591  
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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$27,819 - $51,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 587
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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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Project Assistants do not often transition into Information Technology Project Manager roles. The role averages $86K per year. When Project Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $31K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Survey results imply that Project Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Oral / Verbal Communication, Research Analysis, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Outlook. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Project Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. 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 $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, Project Assistants in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Raleigh (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Data Entry
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 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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