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, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $52K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Project Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Project Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,386 - $51,380
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,604
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$12.31 - $23.59
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$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,386 - $51,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,058  
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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$27,588 - $51,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$18.24 - $35.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,058  
   
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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$27,588 - $51,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Project Assistants move into roles as Information Technology Project Managers, where pay is an average $86K per year. Project Assistants most often move into positions as Project Coordinators or Construction Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Survey results imply that Project Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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. On average, Project Assistants make $44K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Project Assistants, 12 percent above the national average. Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Portland and 8 percent less in Raleigh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
up arrow 2%

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 231 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%
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