Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

The majority of Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States — around two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $32K to $63K per year, and the median is $47K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Administrative Assistants — including $4K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $63K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. 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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$34,273 - $62,472
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$34K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,100
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$14.57 - $27.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,273 - $62,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,355  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $5,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
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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$32,065 - $62,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $27.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.37 - $43.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,355  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $5,000  
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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$32,065 - $62,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,081
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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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Senior Administrative Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Human Resources Manager, where median compensation is $58K annually. A Senior Administrative Assistant often moves on to become an Executive Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Administrative Assistant


KPMG, LLP, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealth Group, and Intel Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Administrative Assistants. Employees at Genentech, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $70K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $63K and higher ones not far away at only $84K. Other big spenders include Novartis, Intel Corporation, and Kaiser Permanente, top-paying firms where Senior Administrative Assistants see paychecks nearing $66K, $57K, or $54K.

Offering a median salary of only $43K, Marriott International, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $29K to $69K is pretty narrow, too. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. and University of Michigan (U-M) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $44K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Administration, Travel Planning, Project Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Accounts Payable. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Administrative Assistant

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


For Senior Administrative Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Senior Administrative Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. 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 $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,531

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

For Senior Administrative Assistants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Pittsburgh and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Sr. Administrative Assistant in Florence:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Working in the athletics department; being able to be a part of helping to develop the students in their skills of athletics and helping to aid in them achieving their goals of obtaining their degrees. Being able to give back to the community.
Cons: The pay.

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
$46,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 889 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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