Project Assistant Salary

Project Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Total incomes of Project Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $52K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Project Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Project Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,602 - $51,881
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,743
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$12.48 - $23.78
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,602 - $51,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,021  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $4,562  
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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$28,287 - $52,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $23.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$18.43 - $35.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $4,562  
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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$28,287 - $52,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Information Technology Project Managers. That role pays $86K per year on average. 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Document Preparation, AutoCAD, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Data Entry, and Customer Service. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Project Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. On average, Project Assistants make $44K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,154

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

Project Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 12 percent. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+11 percent), Sacramento (+11 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Raleigh (10 percent lower) and Portland (7 percent lower).

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

Document Preparation
up arrow 17%

AutoCAD
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 12%

Data Entry
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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