Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

With close to 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 $32K to $63K per year and averages out to $47K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Administrative Assistants runs from $32K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. 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 larger part. The majority of Senior Administrative Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Human Resources Manager. The latter position pays an average of $58K annually. Becoming an Executive Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is a common transition from a Senior Administrative Assistant role.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Senior Administrative Assistants. Genentech, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $70K, though there is little variation overall ($63K to $84K). Novartis, Intel Corporation, and Kaiser Permanente are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Administrative Assistants earning around $66K, $57K, or $54K at each firm, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Marriott International, Inc., where the median salary is just $43K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $29K to $69K. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and University of Michigan (U-M) also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $44K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Senior Administrative Assistants report using a large range of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Accounts Payable. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Senior Administrative Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,531

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Administrative Assistants, 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). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Dallas (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Sr. Administrative Assistant Reviews

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






Scheduling
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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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