Updated August 22, 2022

Average Administrative Assistant Salary


$34,945 yearly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
10 %
90 %

How much does an Administrative Assistant make?

Administrative assistants make $34,945 per year on average, or $16.8 per hour, in the United States. Administrative assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $46,000.

Location impacts how much an administrative assistant can expect to make. Administrative assistants make the most in California, Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington.

Highest Paying States For Administrative Assistants

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

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Average Salary:

Administrative Assistant average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
5District of Columbia$42,713$20.54273
6New York$39,763$19.122,056
12New Jersey$38,166$18.35667
14North Dakota$34,284$16.4874
15Rhode Island$35,411$17.0292
29New Hampshire$33,592$16.15125
35North Carolina$31,531$15.16736
39South Carolina$30,151$14.50359
42West Virginia$29,295$14.08101
44South Dakota$29,837$14.3461
46New Mexico$29,635$14.25125

Highest Paying Cities For Administrative Assistants

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1San Francisco, CA$45,740$21.99
2Washington, DC$42,712$20.53
3Boston, MA$41,751$20.07
4Des Moines, WA$40,000$19.23
5New York, NY$39,868$19.17
6Urban Honolulu, HI$39,546$19.01
7Portland, OR$38,120$18.33
8Saint Paul, MN$37,767$18.16
9Baltimore, MD$37,256$17.91
10Denver, CO$35,577$17.10
11Las Vegas, NV$35,514$17.07
12Chicago, IL$35,346$16.99
13Milwaukee, WI$34,270$16.48
14Richmond, VA$33,868$16.28
15Portland, ME$33,854$16.28

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Des Moines, WA
  5. New York, NY

Administrative Assistant Salary Details

Average Administrative Assistant Salary Graph
Average Administrative Assistant Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Administrative Assistant's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
75th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
25th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. IBM Jobs (653)
  2. AT&T Jobs (647)
  3. FedEx Jobs (526)
  4. Allstate Jobs (748)
  5. Farmers Insurance Jobs (513)

Which Companies Pay Administrative Assistants The Most?

The highest paying companies for administrative assistants are Westfield State University and Jefferson Lab according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory report highly competitive wages for administrative assistants.

Administrative Assistant Salary Trends

The salary for an administrative assistant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $25,461, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $34,945 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $56,925. 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.

Average Administrative Assistant Salary Over Time

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    Administrative Assistant Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change

    Recently Added Administrative Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    State of NevadaAdmin Assistant 2Las Vegas, NV07/26/2022$34,306
    WipfliAdministrative AssistantBillings, MT07/26/2022$35,479
    Berks Career & Technology CenterContinuing Education Administrative AssistantOley, PA07/26/2022$33,392
    Fort Bend County Justice CenterAdministrative Assistant-County AttorneyRichmond, TX07/26/2022$37,149
    TCW GlobalAdministrative AssistantChicago, IL07/26/2022$52,175
    Nuclear Care PartnersAdministrative AssistantGrand Junction, CO07/26/2022$29,218
    CignaAdministrative Assistant-Denver, Co-HybridDenver, CO07/26/2022$45,914
    T.Y. Lin InternationalAdministrative AssistantNew York, NY07/26/2022$55,000
    Tak Communications, Inc.Administrative AssistantMemphis, TN07/26/2022$33,392
    Services for The UnderservedAdministrative AssistantNew York, NY07/26/2022$32,781

    Administrative Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Administrative Assistants The Most?

    California pays Administrative Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $43,597 per year, or $20.96 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As An Administrative Assistant?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Administrative Assistant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $42,713 per year.

    What Type Of Administrative Assistant Gets Paid The Most?

    Associate Administrative Assistant gets paid the most. Associate Administrative Assistant made a median salary of $46,939. The best-paid 10 percent make $61,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $36,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For An Administrative Assistant?

    A good starting salary for an administrative assistant is $27,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an administrative assistant in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for administrative assistants is $36,352, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an administrative assistant can vary by state.

    Do Administrative Assistants Make Good Money?

    No, administrative assistants do not make good money. The average administrative assistant makes $43,886 a year or $16.31 an hour. Administrative assistants in the lower 10% (e.g., entry-level positions, only make about $26,000 a year.) Meanwhile, the top 10% earn an average salary of $42,000.

    How Much Do Administrative Assistants Make Per Hour?

    Administrative assistants make $16.31 per hour ($43,886 a year), on average. The best-paid 25% make, on average, $47,510, while the lowest-paid 25% make $30,100. Factors such as the number of years of experience working as an administrative assistant can impact how much you earn an hour.

    What Is The Highest Paying Administrative Assistant Job?

    The highest-paid administrative assistant job is Administrative Services Director.

    An administrative assistant services director who works in healthcare and lives in Alaska or California earns a significantly higher hourly pay than an entry-level administrative assistant living in Montana.

    What Is The Salary Of An Administrative Assistant?

    The median salary of an administrative assistant is $37,690 (or $17.80 an hour). The best-paid 25% made $47,510 that year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $30,100. Factors such as the location of the job, experience, education, and industry all impact the amount of money that an administrative assistant makes.

    What Should An Administrative Assistant Get Paid?

    The average administrative assistant should get paid around $18 to $28 per hour with an average of $23 an hour (or $47,840 per year). The hourly rate can vary greatly depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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