Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $46K per year, but may range from $31K to $61K per year. Overall cash earnings of Senior Administrative Assistants stretch from $31K near the bottom to $61K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Senior Administrative Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,022 - $61,450
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,049
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$13.79 - $26.52
(Median)
$14
$20
$27
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
$33,022 - $61,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,966  
Profit Sharing
$492.76 - $4,102  
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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$30,969 - $61,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,704
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $26.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.55 - $41.48  
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 - $3,966  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,483  
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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$30,969 - $61,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,178
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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. It is not uncommon for a Senior Administrative Assistant to continue 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, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Inc., and UnitedHealth Group are among the top companies that take on many Senior Administrative Assistants. Genentech, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $70K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $63K and maxing out at just $84K. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Novartis (+$66K), Fiserv Inc (+$55K), and Kaiser Permanente (+$54K).

Employees at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $42K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $32K and quickly nearing the top at only $53K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Marriott International, Inc. ($42K), University of Michigan (U-M) ($44K), and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group ($45K).

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Survey results imply that Senior Administrative Assistants deploy a deep pool 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 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Accounts Payable. It is often found that people who know Scheduling are also skilled in Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Administrative Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. 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 $47K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Dallas (1 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
$44,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries






Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Administration
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Office Administration
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Organizing
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Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Office Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 998 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
36%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%
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