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Sr. Administrative Assistant Salary

Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly two-thirds 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. Cash earnings of Senior Administrative Assistants can occasionally include $4K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $31K to almost $61K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Administrative Assistants. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,546 - $61,140
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,729
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90%

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$13.63 - $26.35
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
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
$32,546 - $61,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,947  
Profit Sharing
$485.31 - $4,062  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,500  
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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$30,656 - $60,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,755
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $26.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$17.36 - $41.27  
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 - $3,947  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,500  
Profit Sharing
$485.31 - $4,062  
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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$30,656 - $60,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,221

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Human Resources Manager. The latter position pays an average of $58K annually. An Executive Assistant or an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant is a typical transition from a Senior Administrative Assistant role.

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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 University of Michigan (U-M) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Administrative Assistants. Genentech, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $70K, though there is little variation overall ($63K to $84K). Novartis, Fiserv Inc, and Kaiser Permanente also offer top salaries for Senior Administrative Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $66K, $55K, and $54K, respectively.

With a median salary of $42K, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. provides Senior Administrative Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $53K, limiting employee salary growth. 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


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 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Payable and Customer Service. Those familiar with Scheduling tend to be well versed in 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.


For Senior Administrative Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $39K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Administrative Assistants make a median salary of $45K. Senior Administrative Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

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 (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (8 percent less) and Dallas (2 percent less).

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







Microsoft Office
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Administration
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Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Organizing
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Office Management
0%

National Average
$44,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1059 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%
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