Slightly less than two-thirds of Senior Administrative Assistants in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $33K to $64K per year, and the average comes out to $49K per year. In the world of Senior Administrative Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $33K and $64K. 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 tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Administrative Assistants. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,592 - $65,631
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,626
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$14.77 - $28.48
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$15
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,592 - $65,631  
   
Bonus
$557 - $5,363  
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $8,472  
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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$32,925 - $64,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,705
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $28.48  
   
Overtime
$22.47 - $45.46  
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
$557 - $5,363  
   
Commission
$2,400  
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $8,472  
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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$32,925 - $64,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,342
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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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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 $59K 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


Senior Administrative Assistants fill the offices of leading firms 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). 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Novartis, Intel Corporation, and Kaiser Permanente, where earnings of $66K, $62K, or $54K are standard for Senior Administrative Assistants.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $34K to just $52K — but United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $44K. Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Cigna Corporation, and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $45K, $45K, and $46K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Sr. Administrative Assistant


Survey results imply that Senior Administrative Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Travel Planning, Event Planning, Powerpoint, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Accounts Payable, and Customer Relationship Management. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Administrative Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. Senior Administrative Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,525

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For those looking to make money, Senior Administrative Assistants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+25 percent), New York (+21 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Ann Arbor and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Sr. Administrative Assistant Reviews

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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Experience Affects Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Administrative Assistant Salaries




Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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