Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

Just below two-thirds of Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $33K to $65K per year, but median earnings come to around $49K per year. In the world of Senior Administrative Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $33K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $8K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,825 - $66,238
$36K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,931
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$14.88 - $28.24
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$28
MEDIAN: $20.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,825 - $66,238  
   
Bonus
$596 - $5,400  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $8,443  
Commission
$2,400  
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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$33,025 - $64,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $28.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$22.19 - $45.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$596 - $5,400  
   
Commission
$2,400  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $8,443  
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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$33,025 - $64,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,351

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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

  • Provide administrative support to one or more executives.
  • Manage executive calendars with attention to detail, accuracy, and appropriate time allocation.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Administrative Assistant


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As Senior Administrative Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Human Resources Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Human Resources Managers earn $59K on average 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


KPMG, LLP, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Intel Corporation, and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Administrative Assistants. Senior Administrative Assistants in search of the best pay head to Genentech, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $70K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $84K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $63K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Novartis at $66K, Intel Corporation at $62K, and Kaiser Permanente, where Senior Administrative Assistants annually earn $54K.

The lowest salaries can be found at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. — median pay is $43K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $34K and only reaching $52K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Liberty Mutual Insurance Group at $45K, Santa Clara University at $48K, and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where $49K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Powerpoint, Event Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Accounts Payable, and Customer Relationship Management. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. Senior Administrative Assistants bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,645

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Senior Administrative Assistants will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+19 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Sr. Administrative Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Sr. Administrative Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 479 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$47,000

▼3%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries


▲6%


▲3%


▲1%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Office Management
▼0%

National Average
$47,000








Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 479 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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