Administrative Assistant Salary
Job Description for Administrative Assistant
Administrative assistants are employed in a very wide range of fields and provides various types administrative assistance to employees. Depending on the workload, they may be trusted with carrying out tasks for one or many individuals within a department, and cross-department work is sometimes necessary. The tasks they perform vary greatly depending on who they assist; when working for individuals, tasks may be personal in nature, such as running errands and fulfilling tasks as they are assigned.
Often, administrative assistants also have secretarial duties, such as accounting, data entry, billing, inventory, record-keeping, correspondence, and sales, so strong typing skills (including 10-key) and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs are very important. They may also work directly with customers and perform customer service tasks, such as those of a receptionist. For specialized work such as accounting, they may need to demonstrate relevant past experience. Some positions also require candidates to be familiar with particular software depending on the duties of the job.
Strong interpersonal skills are important for this position in order to work well with both customers and employees. A minimum of a high school diploma is generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer applicants who have an associate’s degree or higher. Administrative assistants generally work in office environments during traditional business hours, while some do work from home.
Administrative Assistant Tasks
- Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
- Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
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Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Assistant
Pay by Experience for an Administrative Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 20,825 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 12,406 salaries. An experienced Administrative Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 12,302 salaries. An Administrative Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 6,392 salaries.
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