$32,470
Avg. Salary
$12.95
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$739

Profit Sharing

$1,400

Commission

$1,024

The average pay for an Office Assistant is $12.95 per hour.

The average pay for an Office Assistant is $32,470 per year.

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MEDIAN $32,470
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$0$47K
Salary $21,835 - $47,262
Bonus $148 - $3,122
Profit Sharing $103 - $5,144
Commission $291 - $12,164
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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$20,472 - $40,010
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,660
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.77 - $17.63
Hourly Tips $0.82
Overtime $14.18 - $27.96
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $148 - $3,122
Commission $291 - $12,164
Profit Sharing $103 - $5,144
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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$20,472 - $40,010
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,797

Job Description for Office Assistant

As the title implies, an office assistant assists in an office. The assistant will handle incoming phone calls and messages and will perform filing duties. The office assistant may be called upon to assist in typing memos and letters and transcribing hand-written notes as well, and most employers will require some degree of typing proficiency for this job.

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Office Assistant Tasks

  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
  • Maintain and update filing, inventory, mailing and database systems.
  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.

Popular Employer Salaries for Office Assistant


Sears Holdings Corporation, Food Lion, State Farm Insurance Company, LHC Group, Inc., and University of Utah are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Office Assistants. LHC Group, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $33K. Soaring salaries can also be found at County of Riverside, Ca, University of Utah, and State Farm Insurance Company, where earnings of $30K, $27K, or $25K are standard for Office Assistants.

75 percent lower than the top payer, Sears Holdings Corporation offers a median salary of just $19K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Food Lion ($19K), Merry Maids Inc ($25K), and State Farm Insurance Company ($25K).

Common Career Paths for Office Assistant


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At the upper end, Office Assistants who move into an Executive Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Assistants is a much higher $46K per year. Typical career progression for an Office Assistant involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager, roles that pay $3K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Office Assistant


Office Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Filing, Typing, and Data Entry. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Office Administration, Filing, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Data Entry also know Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Office Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Office Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 2,804 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Office Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,134 salaries. An experienced Office Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 847 salaries. An Office Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 370 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,199

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

For those looking to make money, Office Assistants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Office Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers in St. Louis and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

Office Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Office Assistant?

Office Assistant in Mankato:
Pros: Hours/work flexibility. Office Culture. Low stress most of the time.
Cons: The Pay. The Boss. The lack of upwards mobility.

Office Assistant in Las Vegas:
"Its a nice job and I get to interface with a lot of nice peo."
Pros: I like meeting new people and learning new ways of doing my job.
Cons: I least like the stress.

Office Assistant in Bergenfield:
"Flexible Work Environment."
Pros: Telecommuting company, makes a great impact upon special needs children and their families, passionate and dedicated staff, ability to work from home, and flexible scheduling.
Cons: Lack of communication at times between staff members due to telecommuting corporate culture.

Office Assistant in Anadarko:
Pros: I like the people that I work with. I like the jobs I do. I like doing the budget and the purchasing for the whole department. I like managing the Princess program. I like booking travel for the whole department. I like being able to participate in the monthly cultural events. I like being apart of a growing department.
Cons: The only thing I do not like about my job is the pay that I receive. My job responsibilities have expanded greatly from the time I started. I took over the majority of the prior Cultural Preservation assistant Directors responsibilities.

Office Assistant in Worcester:
"Office Culture."
Pros: I like the clients we work with. I also enjoy answering the phones and filling in for the current receptionist. I get to walk around meet with people and see what people need.
Cons: I hate that I have to do like 50 peoples jobs including my own that I have to stock everything and clean everything and people still complain.

Office Assistant in Chicago:
"Work Flexibility And Stress Level."
Pros: Casual atmosphere and working on my own.
Cons: The area it is located, disorganization in the office. Not having benefits.

Office Assistant in Lake Saint Louis:
"Challenging."
Good days, bad days, stressfull at times, they depend on you everyday, every minute.

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Key Stats for Office Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1464 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Office Assistant Salaries

▲8%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$28,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Office Assistant Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Scheduling
▼2%

Billing
▼2%

▼3%

Phone Support
▼3%

Customer Relations
▼3%


▼4%


▼5%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1464 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 50%