Project Assistant Salary

Project Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Final cash compensation to Project Assistants varies from around $28K to approximately $52K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (84 percent) of Project Assistants who took the survey are female. For the most part, Project Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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

Project assistants work alongside project managers to help guide their teams on a path to completed product or service offerings. They typically help facilitate communication within a project team and across other departments, and also serve as liaisons between the project manager and other team members and perform important functions like updating timetables, schedules, and progress reports. For many managers working in the development of goods or services, a strong assistant is key to completing projects on-time and within established budgets.

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Project Assistant Tasks

  • 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. Career advancement for the typical Project Assistant often leads to becoming a Project Coordinator or a Construction Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Project Assistant


Project Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Data Entry, and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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.


Project Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. 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 $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,154

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

With a pay rate for Project Assistants that is 12 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Project Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+11 percent), Sacramento (+11 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Raleigh (10 percent less) and Portland (7 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

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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