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Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $45K annually, but may range from $30K to $60K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Administrative Assistants varies from $30K to $60K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Most Senior Administrative Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,868 - $60,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,996  
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $4,016  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,149  
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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$30,251 - $59,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,899
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.44 - $25.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.09 - $41.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,996  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,149  
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $4,016  
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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$30,251 - $59,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,400
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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 who go on to become Human Resources Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Human Resources Managers is $58K annually. An Executive Assistant role is the most common promotion for Senior Administrative Assistants moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $45K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Administrative Assistants is an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant position, where earnings are usually $35K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Administrative Assistants include KPMG, LLP, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Kaiser Permanente, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), and University of Michigan (U-M). Pay for Senior Administrative Assistants is best at Genentech, Inc., which offers a median salary of $70K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $63K to $84K. Kaiser Permanente, American International Group, Inc. (AIG), and KPMG, LLP also offer top salaries for Senior Administrative Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $54K, $53K, and $53K, respectively.

United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $42K, 68 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cargill at $42K, and Marriott International, Inc. where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Administrative Assistants there earn up to $60K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Senior Administrative Assistants seem to wield many 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 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable and Customer Service. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel, Office Administration, and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Administrative Assistant

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


Senior Administrative Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Senior Administrative Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Administrative Assistants that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Dallas (8 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries









Office Administration
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Organizing
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$43,000

Customer Service
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Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1129 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 17%