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Project Assistant Salary

Project Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Cash earnings for Project Assistants — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $28K to approximately $52K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (85 percent) of Project Assistants who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Project Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,356 - $51,478
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,566
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$12.34 - $23.64
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,356 - $51,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $4,645  
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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$27,547 - $51,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $23.64  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $35.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $4,645  
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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$27,547 - $51,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 569
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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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There are some Project Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Technology Project Managers, where earnings are an average $86K annually. It is quite typical for Project Assistants to transition into roles as Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $3K and $31K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Project Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Customer Service. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Project Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. 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 $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Project Assistants, busy Sacramento offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Employers also pay below the national average in Raleigh (8 percent lower) and Houston (5 percent lower).

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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%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 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: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%
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