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Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

With roughly two-thirds of Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $61K per year and averages out to $46K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Administrative Assistants ranges from $31K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Senior Administrative Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,433 - $61,045
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,647
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$13.61 - $26.21
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,433 - $61,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,991  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $4,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,483  
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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$30,589 - $60,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,780
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $26.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.37 - $40.98  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,991  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,483  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $4,027  
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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$30,589 - $60,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,237

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Job Description for Sr. Administrative Assistant

Senior administrative assistants help busy high-level executives successfully perform their job functions. Some senior administrative assistants work with many executives, whereas others work in support of a single executive. In either case, they are responsible for ensuring that important information and urgent business matters reach the appropriate parties in a timely and satisfactory manner.

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Sr. Administrative Assistant Tasks

  • Host and facilitate activities such as cross-team meetings, social gatherings, and conferences.
  • Perform general administrative activities such as greeting visitors, screening and directing phone calls, and escorting visitors.
  • Provide administrative support to one or more executives.
  • Manage executive calendars with attention to detail, accuracy, and appropriate time allocation.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Administrative Assistant


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At the upper end, Senior Administrative Assistants who move into a Human Resources Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Managers is a much higher $58K per year. A Senior Administrative Assistant may also move into a role as an Executive Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Administrative Assistant


KPMG, LLP, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Inc., and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) are among the top companies that take on many Senior Administrative Assistants. Genentech, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $70K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $63K and maxing out at just $84K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Novartis, Fiserv Inc, and Kaiser Permanente, where earnings of $66K, $55K, or $54K are standard for Senior Administrative Assistants.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $32K to just $53K — but United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $42K. Employees at Marriott International, Inc., University of Michigan (U-M), and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group can also expect below-average earnings of $42K, $44K, and $45K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Survey takers working as Senior Administrative Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Travel Administration, Event Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable and Customer Service. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Administration. Those who learned Scheduling also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Administrative Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $42K. For Senior Administrative Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Senior Administrative Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Administrative Assistants, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (7 percent less) and Dallas (2 percent less).

Sr. Administrative Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Sr. Administrative Assistant?

Sr. Administrative Assistant in Orangeburg:
"Never ending and always different."
Pros: Seeing people grow out of the pain of a lost loved one and knowing that I was a person that helped to put a smile on their face and make things a little easier for them.
Cons: Sometimes I can't get everything I want to get done that day because we are busy.

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Experience Affects Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries







Microsoft Office
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Administration
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Word
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Organizing
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Microsoft Excel
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Office Management
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National Average
$44,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1079 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 16%