Project Assistants in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Project Assistants (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,072 - $56,076
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$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,754
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$13.22 - $24.59
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,072 - $56,076  
   
Bonus
$488.43 - $4,103  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,323 - $55,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $24.59  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $36.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$488.43 - $4,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,323 - $55,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 404

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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.

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Project Assistant Tasks

  • 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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It's not very common for Project Assistants to move on to become Information Technology Project Managers. Average pay for an Information Technology Project Manager is $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.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Project Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Adobe Photoshop, Document Preparation, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Data Entry and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Project Assistants make a median salary of $47K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,001

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Project Assistants will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Project Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Salt Lake City (+26 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Raleigh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Baltimore (5 percent lower and 3 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
$40,000


Skills That Affect Project Assistant Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 30%

Document Preparation
up arrow 15%

AutoCAD
up arrow 9%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

Data Entry
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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