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. In the world of Project Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $28K and $52K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Female Project Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,466 - $51,511
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,676
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$12.32 - $23.63
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,466 - $51,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $4,619  
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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$27,666 - $51,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 624
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $23.63  
   
Overtime
$18.28 - $36.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,046  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $4,619  
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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$27,666 - $51,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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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. A common career progression for a Project Assistant is to become a Project Coordinator or a Construction Project Manager. Compared to Project Assistants, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $31K more.

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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, Research Analysis, Project Coordinating, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Outlook. Most people familiar with 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Project Assistants bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $45K on average.

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 San Francisco (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Raleigh and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
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Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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 230 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
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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