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Program Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$31,000
$24,000
$31,000
$40,000
The average program assistant makes about $31,194 per year. That's $15.0 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 $40,000. Many of program assistants seem to be drawn to health care and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case program assistants tend to work at government, health care, and education 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 Maine, North Dakota and Washington pay program assistants the highest salaries.
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Map of Program Assistant Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Program Assistant Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Maine, North Dakota and Washington, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for program assistants. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Louisiana, Georgia, and Arkansas.

City
Average Salary
Nashua, NH
Nashua, NH
$34,404
$34k
Trenton, NJ
Trenton, NJ
$33,389
$33k

High Paying Program Assistant Jobs

Average Program Assistant Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a program assistant, being employed by a company such as Google or Eaton would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Kaiser Permanente and Eastern Kentucky University also report highly competitive salaries for program assistants.

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Program Assistant Salary History

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    Average Program Assistant Pay By Industry

    Program assistant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with government, health care, and education companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a program assistant can make a yearly salary of $32,239 while working for government companies. All the while, other program assistants are making $32,104 at health care companies and $31,475 at education companies. One industry program assistants may want to avoid is the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $28,841.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Government
    Government
    $32,239
    $32k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $32,104
    $32k
    Education
    Education
    $31,475
    $31k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $28,841
    $29k

    Program Assistant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a program 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 Program Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Neighborworks Home Partners
    Neighborworks Home Partners
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul, MN
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/31/2020
    Merakey
    Merakey
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Pine Grove, PA
    Pine Grove, PA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/30/2020
    University of Utah
    University of Utah
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $29,218
    $29,218
    10/30/2020
    City of Portland, or
    City of Portland, or
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/30/2020
    University of Michigan
    University of Michigan
    Program Assistant (Temp)
    Program Assistant (Temp)
    Program Assistant (Temp)
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Ann Arbor, MI
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $28,175
    $28,175
    10/30/2020
    Colorado State
    Colorado State
    Program Assistant II (Food & Energy Assistance Division)
    Program Assistant II (Food & Energy Assistance Division)
    Program Assistant II (Food & Energy Assistance Division)
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $51,744
    $51,744
    10/29/2020
    City of Portland
    City of Portland
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Program Assistant (Community Service Aide II)
    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $30,387
    $30,387
    10/29/2020
    Health Program Assistant Hour HC
    Health Program Assistant Hour HC
    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $57,814
    $57,814
    10/29/2020
    Public Assistance Program Assistant (Emergency Management Program Specialist 1)
    Public Assistance Program Assistant (Emergency Management Program Specialist 1)
    Lakewood, WA
    Lakewood, WA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $43,392
    $43,392
    10/29/2020
    University of Kentucky
    University of Kentucky
    Extension Assistant for All Program Areas-Pendleton County
    Extension Assistant for All Program Areas-Pendleton County
    Extension Assistant for All Program Areas-Pendleton County
    Lexington, KY
    Lexington, KY
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $30,262
    $30,262
    10/28/2020