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Project Assistant Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Project Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K annually. 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 $27K and $52K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Project Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Project Assistants are female. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Project Assistant Salary (?
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$29,304 - $52,066
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MEDIAN: $39,310
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Project Assistant Salary (?
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$12.04 - $23.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,304 - $52,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,978  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,672  
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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$26,767 - $52,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $23.50  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $35.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,672  
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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$26,767 - $52,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 556
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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 do not often transition into Information Technology Project Manager roles. The role averages $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 $32K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant

Project Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Project Management, Project Coordinating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$38,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Project Assistants, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Project Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Employers also pay below the national average in Raleigh (8 percent lower) and Boston (6 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
$38,000

Skills That Affect Project Assistant Salaries

Project Management
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Research Analysis
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Project Coordinating
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Office Administration
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National Average
$38,000
Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%