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Administrative Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$36,000
$24,000
$36,000
$52,000
The average administrative assistant makes about $36,130 per year. That's $17.37 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $52,000. Many of administrative assistants seem to be drawn to professional and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case administrative assistants tend to work at finance, health care, and manufacturing companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, Massachusetts and Connecticut pay administrative assistants the highest salaries.
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Map of Administrative Assistant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Administrative Assistants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Administrative Assistant Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an administrative assistant is roughly $36,130 per year, which boils down to $17.37 per hour. Interestingly enough, administrative assistants have the highest salaries in Richmond, CA at about $49,005 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Richmond, CA is $29,000. Additionally, administrative assistants make more than the average salary in Seattle, WA, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Las Vegas, NV. On a more broad level, administrative assistant salaries are highest in California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, New York, Nevada, and New Jersey. On the contrary, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Indiana offer the lowest administrative assistant salaries.

City
Average Salary
Richmond, CA
Richmond, CA
$49,005
$49k

High Paying Administrative Assistant Jobs

Average Administrative Assistant Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Dell and Sidley Austin as they offer the highest salaries for administrative assistants.

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Administrative Assistant Salary History

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    Average Administrative Assistant Pay By Industry

    The salary for an administrative assistant can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for administrative assistants tend to be found in finance, health care, and manufacturing companies. In fact, administrative assistants can make a yearly salary of $38,047 while working for finance companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $38,047
    $38k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $37,697
    $38k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $35,642
    $36k
    Retail
    Retail
    $33,859
    $34k
    Professional
    Professional
    $33,006
    $33k

    Administrative Assistant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for an administrative assistant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Administrative Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Job Source USA Inc.
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    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha, NE
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/31/2020
    Neighborworks Home Partners
    Neighborworks Home Partners
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul, MN
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $39,653
    $39,653
    10/31/2020
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Chanhassen, MN
    Chanhassen, MN
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/30/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Administrative Assistant I
    Administrative Assistant I
    Administrative Assistant I
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jacksonville, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $27,000
    $27,000
    10/30/2020
    State of Florida
    State of Florida
    Administrative Assistant I
    Administrative Assistant I
    Administrative Assistant I
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jacksonville, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $27,000
    $27,000
    10/30/2020
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Admin Asst IV-File Processing
    Admin Asst IV-File Processing
    Admin Asst IV-File Processing
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $34,722
    $34,722
    10/30/2020
    Albuquerque Public Schools
    Albuquerque Public Schools
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    Fine Arts Administrative Assistant/Secretary-Specialty Principal
    Fine Arts Administrative Assistant/Secretary-Specialty Principal
    Albuquerque, NM
    Albuquerque, NM
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $29,698
    $29,698
    10/30/2020
    Administrative Assistant II
    Administrative Assistant II
    Round Rock, TX
    Round Rock, TX
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $32,400
    $32,400
    10/30/2020
    Korean Women's Association
    Korean Women's Association
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Lacey, WA
    Lacey, WA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $33,663
    $33,663
    10/30/2020
    Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $46,144
    $46,144
    10/30/2020