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Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

With nearly two-thirds of Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Administrative Assistants is $46K per year and can range from $31K on the lower end to $61K per year near the higher end. Incomes of Senior Administrative Assistants vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $4K cause paychecks to spread between $31K on the low end and $61K on the high end. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,831 - $61,304
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,855
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$13.66 - $26.37
(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
$32,831 - $61,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,937  
Profit Sharing
$488.10 - $4,093  
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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$30,758 - $60,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,722
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
$13.66 - $26.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.41 - $41.27  
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 - $3,937  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,483  
Profit Sharing
$488.10 - $4,093  
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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$30,758 - $60,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,230
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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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For Senior Administrative Assistants, progressing to a Human Resources Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Human Resources Manager can earn $58K annually. 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 University of Michigan (U-M) are top-notch employers for Senior Administrative Assistants in this area. Although salaries only range from $63K to just $84K, Genentech, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $70K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Novartis at $66K, Fiserv Inc at $55K, and Kaiser Permanente, where Senior Administrative Assistants annually earn $54K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. — the median salary comes to just $42K, 68 percent lower than the top payer. Workers at Marriott International, Inc., University of Michigan (U-M), and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $44K, and $45K respectively.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Senior Administrative Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Travel Administration, Event Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Accounts Payable. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Office Administration, Microsoft Excel, and Administration. Those familiar with Scheduling tend to be well versed in 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Senior Administrative Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Senior Administrative Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Administrative Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). In Austin, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Organizing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Office Management
0%

National Average
$44,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1042 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
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: 62% employee benefits None: 16%
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