Updated August 18, 2021
Average Program Assistant Salary
$14.94 hourly
$31,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$23,000 yearly
$23,000
10 %
$31,000
Median
$40,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19
75th Percentile
$35,000
$2,917
$17
Average
$31,085
$2,590
$15
25th Percentile
$26,000
$2,167
$13
10th Percentile
$23,000
$1,917
$11

Average Program Assistant Salary By State

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Program Assistant average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$27,418
$13.18
Alaska
$42,054
$20.22
Arizona
$30,726
$14.77
Arkansas
$25,834
$12.42
California
$38,777
$18.64
Colorado
$37,022
$17.80
Connecticut
$44,211
$21.26
Delaware
$30,674
$14.75
District of Columbia
$40,683
$19.56
Florida
$26,649
$12.81
Georgia
$25,744
$12.38
Hawaii
$35,403
$17.02
Idaho
$29,269
$14.07
Illinois
$29,652
$14.26
Indiana
$29,930
$14.39
Iowa
$32,283
$15.52
Kansas
$30,099
$14.47
Kentucky
$27,177
$13.07
Louisiana
$26,689
$12.83
Maine
$37,774
$18.16
Maryland
$29,522
$14.19
Massachusetts
$36,135
$17.37
Michigan
$30,111
$14.48
Minnesota
$36,982
$17.78
Mississippi
$26,242
$12.62
Missouri
$28,586
$13.74
Montana
$29,225
$14.05
Nebraska
$29,695
$14.28
Nevada
$32,700
$15.72
New Hampshire
$36,898
$17.74
New Jersey
$34,270
$16.48
New Mexico
$30,911
$14.86
New York
$37,952
$18.25
North Carolina
$29,386
$14.13
North Dakota
$35,109
$16.88
Ohio
$32,643
$15.69
Oklahoma
$28,502
$13.70
Oregon
$33,827
$16.26
Pennsylvania
$31,336
$15.07
Rhode Island
$36,325
$17.46
South Carolina
$26,111
$12.55
South Dakota
$27,875
$13.40
Tennessee
$29,226
$14.05
Texas
$31,321
$15.06
Utah
$26,388
$12.69
Vermont
$36,805
$17.69
Virginia
$29,963
$14.41
Washington
$34,602
$16.64
West Virginia
$28,827
$13.86
Wisconsin
$33,972
$16.33
Wyoming
$37,436
$18.00

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Highest Paying Cities For Program Assistant

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Washington, DC
$40,689
$19.56
Albany, NY
$39,864
$19.17
Los Angeles, CA
$38,658
$18.59
Denver, CO
$37,053
$17.81
Saint Paul, MN
$37,027
$17.80
Boston, MA
$36,287
$17.45

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How much does a Program Assistant make?

The average program assistant salary is $31,085 per year, or $14.94 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $23,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $40,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Connecticut, Alaska, California, New York, and Maine provide the highest program assistant salaries.

Average Program Assistant Salary Over Time

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    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $31,100
    $14.94
    +1.9%
    2020
    $30,500
    $14.67
    +4.0%
    2019
    $29,300
    $14.09
    +3.1%
    2018
    $28,400
    $13.65
    +3.4%
    2017
    $27,400
    $13.19
    +1.9%

    How Much Do Program Assistants Make In Different Industries?

    Program assistant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with education, government, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a program assistant can make a yearly salary of $33,998 while working for education companies. All the while, other program assistants are making $33,658 at government companies and $33,113 at health care companies. One industry program assistants may want to avoid is the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $31,488.
    RankIndustryAverage Program Assistant SalaryProgram Assistant Salary Range
    1Education
    $33,998
    $26k
    $38k
    2Government
    $33,658
    $26k
    $38k
    3Health Care
    $33,113
    $26k
    $38k
    4Non Profits
    $31,488
    $26k
    $38k

    High Paying Program Assistant Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Assistance Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $41,410

    An assistant coordinator is a person who offers operational and clerical support to the senior coordinators. The duties and responsibilities of assistant coordinators include communication with employers or clients, a delegation of tasks to team members, and the collaboration with finance teams and fund allocation. Among the skills needed for this job include procurement management, problem-solving, and communication and interpersonal skills. They should also be equipped with documentation management, accounting, organizational, and negotiation skills.
    38,757 Assistance Coordinator Jobs
    Program Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $44,586

    Program coordinators are mid-level employees who are assigned to work on a program of a specific department. They handle the communications between their department and any other department that they may need to collaborate with. They coordinate action plans and activities to ensure that the departments are aligned. They are present during the planning stage for the program so that they will be familiar with action items. They are directly involved in the implementation by liaising with the involved departments. Program coordinators should have good communication skills, interpersonal skills, and organization skills.
    84,812 Program Coordinator Jobs
    Program Technician

    Avg. salary: $32,506

    A program technician is responsible for resolving computer software and application issues and performing administrative duties for customer support. Program technicians keep a record of resolution reports and customer files, process payments for program installations and updates, and offer new services to the customers according to their needs and account eligibility. A program technician must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in navigating computer systems, to guide the clients with troubleshooting and improving the optimization of applications.
    75,676 Program Technician Jobs
    Program Instructor

    Avg. salary: $43,374

    A program instructor is responsible for facilitating indoor and outdoor programs with various goals and objectives catering to different participants. Program instructors must have excellent communication skills, especially on gaining the participants' attention and engaging them to join the activities prepared for the day. They also maintain a safe and creative learning environment for everyone, observing each participant's behavior and interests, developing group cooperation, and fostering personal development. A program instructor reiterates safety procedures and regulations during the program for everyone's strict compliance and immediately addresses conflicts soon as they arise.
    74,552 Program Instructor Jobs
    Program Facilitator

    Avg. salary: $49,990

    Program facilitators have good skills in communication, empathy, active listening, conversation, conflict management, and consensus-building. They also have a keen understanding of group dynamics, management, and how to create an inclusive environment. Their daily tasks will be to assist in the organization and implementation of recreation or work programs, and organizing employee training corporate programs.
    105,139 Program Facilitator Jobs
    Program Advisor

    Avg. salary: $57,296

    A program advisor is in charge of overseeing programs from planning to execution, ensuring everything functions according to its goals and guidelines. Although their responsibilities depend on their line of work and industry of employment, it typically involves performing research and analysis to find new opportunities and determine ideal practices, gathering and analyzing client feedback, setting objectives, and developing strategies to carry out the purpose of every program, prioritizing optimal services. Moreover, a program advisor must monitor the progress of all operations, recommending solutions should any problems arise.
    72,519 Program Advisor Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Assistance Coordinator
    $41,410
    $3,451
    $19.91
    38,757
    Program Coordinator
    $44,587
    $3,716
    $21.44
    84,812
    Program Technician
    $32,507
    $2,709
    $15.63
    75,676
    Program Instructor
    $43,374
    $3,615
    $20.85
    74,552
    Program Facilitator
    $49,990
    $4,166
    $24.03
    105,139
    Program Advisor
    $57,296
    $4,775
    $27.55
    72,519
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    Program Assistant Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $24,800
    $11.94
    Mid Level
    $30,100
    $14.45
    Senior Level
    $34,600
    $16.65

    Which Companies Pay Program Assistants The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a program assistant, being employed by a company such as First Republic Bank or New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Miami-Dade Public Library System and NRDC also report highly competitive salaries for program assistants.
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    Recently Added Program Assistant Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    NRDC
    Program Assistant, Corporate Counsel
    Program Assistant, Corporate Counsel
    New York, NY
    08/31/2021
    $50,000
    08/31/2021
    Seneca Center
    Kaiser Step Program Assistant/Health Information Specialist
    Kaiser Step Program Assistant/Health Information Specialist
    Petaluma, CA
    08/31/2021
    $42,262
    08/31/2021
    Neighborworks Home Partners
    Program Assistant
    Program Assistant
    Saint Paul, MN
    08/31/2021
    $37,566
    08/31/2021
    Associated University
    Environmental Program Assistant
    Environmental Program Assistant
    Cincinnati, OH
    08/31/2021
    $47,229
    08/31/2021
    University of Central Florida
    OPS Program Assistant
    OPS Program Assistant
    Orlando, FL
    08/30/2021
    $22,957
    08/30/2021
    Bridge Afterschool Programs
    After School Program Assistant
    After School Program Assistant
    Novato, CA
    08/30/2021
    $31,305
    08/30/2021
    Caloptima
    Program Assistant (Enrollment-Medi-Cal) (2 Openings)
    Program Assistant (Enrollment-Medi-Cal) (2 Openings)
    Orange, CA
    08/29/2021
    $41,000
    08/29/2021
    Nashua School District
    21St. Century Program Assistant
    21St. Century Program Assistant
    Nashua, NH
    08/29/2021
    $20,870
    08/29/2021
    Museum of Science
    In-Gallery Learning Program Assistant
    In-Gallery Learning Program Assistant
    Boston, MA
    08/28/2021
    $30,262
    08/28/2021
    University of California
    Program Assistant (4722C)-Iurd/Ced
    Program Assistant (4722C)-Iurd/Ced
    Berkeley, CA
    08/28/2021
    $60,043
    08/28/2021

    Average Program Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Program Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $33,359
    female-income
    Female Income
    $32,125
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$33,359
    Female$32,125
    Median Program Assistant Income by Race
    White program assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian program assistants have the lowest average salary at $32,227.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$33,085
    Black or African American$32,427
    Asian$32,227
    Hispanic or Latino$33,003
    Average Program Assistant Salary by Education Level
    Program assistants with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $36,734 annually. With a Bachelors degree, program assistants earn a median annual income of $32,125 compared to $29,987 for program 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$29,005
    Master's Degree$36,734
    Bachelor's Degree$32,125
    Some College/ Associate Degree$29,987