Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

With approximately 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. Overall cash earnings for Senior Administrative Assistants vary widely between $31K and $61K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Senior Administrative Assistants is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$33,013 - $61,553
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$33K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,093
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$13.94 - $26.60
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$14
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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
$33,013 - $61,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,976  
Profit Sharing
$492.35 - $4,112  
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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$31,075 - $61,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $26.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.79 - $41.53  
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 - $3,976  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,768  
Profit Sharing
$492.35 - $4,112  
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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$31,075 - $61,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,164
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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.

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At the upper end, Senior Administrative Assistants who move into a Human Resources Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Managers is a much higher $58K per year. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Administrative Assistants include KPMG, LLP, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Inc., and University of Michigan (U-M). Although the highest salaries can be found at Genentech, Inc. where median pay is $70K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $63K and $84K. Also paying near the top of the field are Novartis at $66K, Fiserv Inc at $55K, and Kaiser Permanente, where Senior Administrative Assistants annually earn $54K.

Known for its small paychecks, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $42K — 68 percent lower than the top payer. Marriott International, Inc., Cigna Corporation, and University of Michigan (U-M) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42K, $44K, and $44K-paychecks on average.

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 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable and Customer Service. The majority of those who know Scheduling also know Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Senior Administrative Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. 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 $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Administrative Assistants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Dallas (8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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






Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Administration
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Office Administration
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Organizing
0%

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 987 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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