$40,761
Avg. Salary
$17.42
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,351

Bonus

$1,448

Profit Sharing

$5,300

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Administrative Specialist is $17.42 per hour.

The average pay for an Administrative Specialist is $40,761 per year.

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$12.86
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$24.45
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MEDIAN $40,761
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MEDIAN: $40,761
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$0$61K
Salary $26,252 - $61,276
Bonus $308 - $3,931
Profit Sharing $245 - $3,916
Commission $5,300
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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$26,742 - $57,539
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,041
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $12.86 - $24.45
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $19.41 - $39.21
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $308 - $3,931
Commission $5,300
Profit Sharing $245 - $3,916
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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$26,742 - $57,539
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,168

Job Description

The administrative specialist for a department performs a variety of administrative and support functions necessary for the smooth operation of the department. They perform administrative and bookkeeping tasks, aid clients and staff in preparing forms and reports, and transfer information into a digital format as necessary. (Afterward, the digital information is often entered into the department database, and the administrative specialist is in charge of maintaining the records and the database.) Additionally, the administrative specialist schedules events and appointments for the department. To facilitate these appointments and events, the specialist contacts clients and vendors on a regular basis to coordinate activities, meetings, and calls.

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Administrative Specialist Tasks
  • Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
  • Supervise support clerical staff.
  • Review, track and prepare budgets; maintain records and databases.
  • Coordinate space and office organization; purchase and manage supplies and equipment.
  • Coordinate office and/or departmental operations.


Those at University of Washington (UW) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K.

Common Career Paths


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Many Administrative Specialists move into an Executive Assistant role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $46K per year. It is quite typical for Administrative Specialists to transition into roles as Human Resources Specialists or Executive Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $5K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Travel Administration, Project Management, Event Planning, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Customer Service, and Customer Relations. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Office Administration and Customer Service. Those proficient in Data Entry are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 489 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 312 salaries. An experienced Administrative Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 346 salaries. An Administrative Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,497

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Administrative Specialists, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Administrative Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+41 percent), New York (+40 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Administrative Specialists in Little Rock make 42 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Williamsburg and Memphis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Administrative Specialist?

Administrative Specialist in Boulder:
"Meh."
Pros: Flexible with my needs - accommodating - friendly staff - no micromanagement - a lot of projects outside my job description.
Cons: Somewhat boring, can be overwhelming, sometimes unclear expectations, a lot of projects outside my job description.

Administrative Specialist in Raleigh-Durham:
"Office management."
Pros: Office conditions work flexibility.
Cons: Office conditions.

Administrative Specialist in Albany:
Pros: I enjoy the flexibile schedule and responsibility of organization.
Cons: The pay isnt the best.

Administrative Specialist in Spokane:
"Thankless."
Pros: My coworkers are fantastic and treat me with utmost respect.
Cons: I am underpaid. The ratio of managers to actual workers at my job is obscene: there are about 2 workers for every manager. Managers, and most especially male managers, eat up the lion's share of wages here and do close to zero work.

Administrative Specialist in Los Angeles:
"Follow The Fun."
Life is long — eventually you're going to end up doing what you want to be doing anyway, so you might as well start before college. Take the time, get to know yourself, and pick a degree that leads you to where you want to end up, not necessarily a job, but a path. Too many people settle too early because they think it's too late. It's likely a reason graduate school exists. You should have to pay an additional $100k+ after paying for undergrad. Use your time and money wisely.

Administrative Specialist in Glen Ellyn:
Pros: It gives me the experience to do better at my job.
Cons: Demanding and very stressful.

Administrative Specialist in Rutland:
"Director Of First Impressions."
This is an extremely busy front desk. I would call it an extraordinary front desk. I assist all of the orientation staff for the Human Resource Department, the regular staff, which includes many disciplines from direct care providers to doctors. The external people who visit Devereux must come through my front door first. I need to identify/ID all of who wants to visit the campus. Triangeing all the telephone calls that come to the main line located here at my desk, which often times can be challenging sometimes the call turns in to therapy for a family member. My advice to a new comer for such a position is to be patient, learn as much as you can about the staff and the facility. You will need to answer many types of questions often times tracking down the answers while the caller is on hold.

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How Experience Affects Salaries

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How Skills Affect Salaries

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Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 16%