Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

Senior Administrative Assistants who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to two-thirds of Senior Administrative Assistants. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $61K per year, but expected earnings average $46K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $4K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $31K and hits $61K on the high end. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,227 - $61,502

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$14.02 - $26.68

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,227 - $61,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,938  
Profit Sharing
$492.76 - $4,102  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,768  
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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$31,232 - $61,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $26.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.90 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,938  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,768  
Profit Sharing
$492.76 - $4,102  
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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$31,232 - $61,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,137
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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 The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $63K to just $84K, Genentech, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $70K. Senior Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Novartis ($66K), Fiserv Inc ($55K), and Kaiser Permanente ($54K).

Pay for Senior Administrative Assistants is the lowest at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., which has a median salary of $42K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $53K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Marriott International, Inc. ($42K), Cigna Corporation ($44K), and University of Michigan (U-M) ($44K).

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Senior Administrative Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Travel Administration, Project Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Accounts Payable. Skill sets containing Scheduling also tend to include Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. Senior Administrative Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. 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 $48K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Administrative Assistants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Dallas (3 percent lower).

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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
$45,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries






Scheduling
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Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
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Microsoft Word
0%

Organizing
0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 971 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
37%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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