Updated August 22, 2022

Average Assistant Salary

$37,363yearly

$17.96 hourly

Entry level Salary
$16,000 yearly
$16,000
10 %
$37,363
Median
$82,000
90 %

How much does an Assistant make?

Assistants make $37,363 per year on average, or $17.96 per hour, in the United States. Assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $16,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $82,000.

Location impacts how much an assistant can expect to make. Assistants make the most in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Assistants

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

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Assistant average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Massachusetts$86,498$41.598,500
2New York$76,802$36.9212,828
3Maine$68,164$32.771,545
4New Hampshire$66,664$32.052,052
5Connecticut$69,913$33.612,970
6West Virginia$57,569$27.681,723
7Vermont$74,465$35.80547
8Pennsylvania$62,121$29.879,385
9Maryland$66,629$32.035,148
10Indiana$52,971$25.476,267
11Rhode Island$70,045$33.68833
12New Jersey$66,919$32.176,184
13North Carolina$54,455$26.188,523
14District of Columbia$83,455$40.12892
15Ohio$52,966$25.468,886
16Michigan$50,672$24.367,580
17Kentucky$49,448$23.773,436
18Wisconsin$45,095$21.685,563
19Virginia$60,720$29.196,559
20Minnesota$37,629$18.097,038
21Florida$40,902$19.6615,814
22Delaware$54,922$26.40805
23South Carolina$46,017$22.123,574
24Illinois$48,421$23.288,370
25Washington$32,884$15.815,666
26Hawaii$35,484$17.06657
27Iowa$34,456$16.572,961
28Tennessee$38,467$18.494,687
29Alaska$27,904$13.42820
30Georgia$40,049$19.257,820
31Missouri$30,329$14.584,850
32Oregon$29,978$14.413,063
33Louisiana$26,447$12.712,878
34North Dakota$28,551$13.73749
35Arizona$26,834$12.905,104
36Montana$26,312$12.651,008
37Alabama$34,026$16.363,185
38Mississippi$25,486$12.251,865
39Colorado$27,643$13.295,148
40Kansas$26,041$12.522,434
41California$31,407$15.1019,415
42New Mexico$25,652$12.331,619
43Wyoming$25,636$12.32469
44Nebraska$26,115$12.561,720
45Texas$26,162$12.5815,674
46Nevada$26,430$12.711,423
47Oklahoma$24,573$11.812,468
48Arkansas$24,917$11.981,844
49Idaho$25,449$12.241,196
50Utah$25,014$12.032,180
51South Dakota$24,353$11.71647

Highest Paying Cities For Assistants

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Boston, MA$95,026$45.69
2Washington, DC$89,016$42.80
3Huntington, NY$81,410$39.14
4Portland, ME$70,201$33.75
5Baltimore, MD$67,987$32.69
6Philadelphia, PA$63,303$30.43
7Jacksonville, NC$56,019$26.93
8Cleveland, OH$54,980$26.43
9Huntington, WV$54,216$26.07
10Indianapolis, IN$52,479$25.23
11Chicago, IL$48,635$23.38
12Knoxville, TN$47,486$22.83
13Jacksonville, FL$43,129$20.74
14Madison, WI$42,968$20.66
15Gainesville, GA$41,490$19.95

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Huntington, NY
  4. Portland, ME
  5. Baltimore, MD

Assistant Salary Details

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

What is an Assistant's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$82,000$6,833$39
75th Percentile$56,000$4,667$27
Average$37,363$3,114$18
25th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12
10th Percentile$16,000$1,333$8

Which Companies Pay Assistants The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Latham & Watkins and RWJBarnabas Health are the highest paying companies for assistants.

How Much Do Assistants Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an assistant salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The education industry pays assistants an average salary of $39,026

  2. The health care industry pay $38,036

  3. The lowest paying industry for assistants is the hospitality industry. Assistants in this industry earn an average salary of $29,005

Highest Paying Industries For Assistants

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Education$39,026$18.76
2Health Care$38,036$18.29
3Professional$33,044$15.89
4Manufacturing$32,052$15.41
5Finance$31,982$15.38
6Government$31,284$15.04
7Retail$31,085$14.94
8Telecommunication$30,593$14.71
9Media$30,159$14.50
10Hospitality$29,005$13.94

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Assistant Salary Trends

The salary for an 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 $27,222, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $37,363 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $60,863. 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 Assistant Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Assistant Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$37,400$17.96+3.0%
    2021$36,200$17.43+2.8%
    2020$35,200$16.94+2.8%
    2019$34,200$16.46+2.2%
    2018$33,500$16.10+2.6%

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    Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Assistants The Most?

    Massachusetts pays Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $86,498 per year, or $41.59 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an 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 $83,455 per year.

    What Type Of Assistant Gets Paid The Most?

    Assistant Secretary gets paid the most. Assistant Secretary made a median salary of $107,366. The best-paid 10 percent make $185,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $62,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For An Assistant?

    A good starting salary for an assistant is $18,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an assistant in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for assistants is $36,007, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an assistant can vary by state.

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