Updated August 18, 2021
Average Assistant Salary
$37,000 yearly
$18.23 hourly

Entry level Salary
$21,000 yearly
$21,000
10 %
$37,000
Median
$66,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$66,000
$5,500
$32
75th Percentile
$50,000
$4,167
$24
Average
$37,926
$3,161
$18
25th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13
10th Percentile
$21,000
$1,750
$10

Average Assistant Salary By State

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Assistant average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$39,575
$19.03
Alaska
$34,107
$16.40
Arizona
$31,754
$15.27
Arkansas
$28,688
$13.79
California
$40,128
$19.29
Colorado
$31,381
$15.09
Connecticut
$42,922
$20.64
Delaware
$38,501
$18.51
District of Columbia
$53,145
$25.55
Florida
$36,731
$17.66
Georgia
$29,898
$14.37
Hawaii
$30,694
$14.76
Idaho
$29,942
$14.40
Illinois
$40,238
$19.35
Indiana
$37,396
$17.98
Iowa
$32,247
$15.50
Kansas
$27,936
$13.43
Kentucky
$28,892
$13.89
Louisiana
$29,560
$14.21
Maine
$37,177
$17.87
Maryland
$38,240
$18.38
Massachusetts
$60,703
$29.18
Michigan
$32,125
$15.44
Minnesota
$36,800
$17.69
Mississippi
$26,744
$12.86
Missouri
$33,665
$16.19
Montana
$32,724
$15.73
Nebraska
$28,314
$13.61
Nevada
$34,519
$16.60
New Hampshire
$37,743
$18.15
New Jersey
$38,063
$18.30
New Mexico
$32,913
$15.82
New York
$50,655
$24.35
North Carolina
$31,359
$15.08
North Dakota
$33,530
$16.12
Ohio
$32,478
$15.61
Oklahoma
$26,529
$12.75
Oregon
$33,917
$16.31
Pennsylvania
$37,183
$17.88
Rhode Island
$41,205
$19.81
South Carolina
$29,992
$14.42
South Dakota
$28,147
$13.53
Tennessee
$28,724
$13.81
Texas
$31,327
$15.06
Utah
$30,069
$14.46
Vermont
$46,075
$22.15
Virginia
$34,111
$16.40
Washington
$42,332
$20.35
West Virginia
$35,902
$17.26
Wisconsin
$32,747
$15.74
Wyoming
$32,312
$15.53

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Highest Paying Cities For Assistant

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Boston, MA
$60,578
$29.12
Washington, DC
$53,025
$25.49
Huntington, NY
$51,107
$24.57
Burlington, VT
$45,600
$21.92
Danbury, CT
$42,627
$20.49
San Francisco, CA
$42,398
$20.38

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How much does an Assistant make?

  • The average assistant makes $37,926 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an assistant is $18.23.
  • The average entry-level assistant salary is $21,000.
  • Highest paying states for assistant are Massachusetts ($60,703), New York ($50,655), Vermont ($60,703) and Connecticut ($60,703).
  • Highest paying cities for assistant are Boston, MA ($60,578), Washington, DC, Huntington, NY, Burlington, VT and Danbury, CT.
  • Assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $66,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $50,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $28,000
  • Industries with the highest assistant salaries are health care, education and professional.

Average Assistant Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $37,900
    $18.23
    +2.8%
    2020
    $36,800
    $17.72
    +2.2%
    2019
    $36,100
    $17.33
    +2.6%
    2018
    $35,100
    $16.88
    +2.0%
    2017
    $34,400
    $16.55
    +1.2%

    How Much Do Assistants Make In Different Industries?

    Assistant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with health care, education, and professional companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an assistant can make a yearly salary of $52,131 while working for health care companies. All the while, other assistants are making $37,324 at education companies and $36,331 at professional companies. One industry assistants may want to avoid is the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $29,406.
    RankIndustryAverage Assistant SalaryAssistant Salary Range
    1Health Care
    $52,131
    $25k
    $85k
    2Education
    $37,324
    $25k
    $85k
    3Professional
    $36,331
    $25k
    $85k
    4Finance
    $33,464
    $25k
    $85k
    5Manufacturing
    $33,088
    $25k
    $85k
    6Technology
    $30,928
    $25k
    $85k
    7Retail
    $30,810
    $25k
    $85k
    8Hospitality
    $29,406
    $25k
    $85k

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    Assistant Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $29,000
    $13.96
    Mid Level
    $39,500
    $19.01
    Senior Level
    $55,000
    $26.45

    Which Companies Pay Assistants The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as an assistant, being employed by a company such as Henry Ford Health System or Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like PeaceHealth and Vanderbilt University Medical Center also report highly competitive salaries for assistants.
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    Recently Added Assistant Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    West Central Resarch & Extension Center
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    $31,305
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    $25,044
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    $38,610
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    $30,971
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    Average Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $37,473
    female-income
    Female Income
    $33,456
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$37,473
    Female$33,456
    Median Assistant Income by Race
    Asian assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian assistants have the lowest average salary at $33,445.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$33,956
    Black or African American$34,983
    Asian$39,240
    Hispanic or Latino$35,698
    Average Assistant Salary by Education Level
    Assistants with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $39,206 annually. With a Bachelors degree, assistants earn a median annual income of $35,746 compared to $34,841 for assistants with an Associate degree.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$33,456
    Master's Degree$39,206
    Bachelor's Degree$35,746
    Some College/ Associate Degree$34,841