Why It's a Great Time to Be an Administrative Assistant

By Robert Half on January 18, 2018 at 1:00pm

Behind every well-run and organized office is an administrative assistant who performs a multitude of tasks and acts as a hub of information. A typical day in this job is never dull. It's filled with a variety of activity, and dealing with different personalities and changing priorities is more often the norm than the exception to the rule.

According to the 2019 OfficeTeam Salary Guide, candidates for these jobs not only need strong core skills (see below), but they must also have a positive, can-do attitude and excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with a variety of people, from customers and colleagues to vendors and top executives.

Administrative assistant salary ranges

Curious about the salaries for administrative assistants? The Salary Guide has salary ranges for 60 administrative roles in more than 140 cities. We typically report salaries at the midpoint, which is the level at which candidates have average experience with the necessary skills to meet the job requirements, and the role may be in an industry where competition for talent is moderate.

Here are the midpoint salaries from the latest Salary Guide for four administrative jobs:

  • Entry-level administrative assistant: $32,750
  • Administrative assistant: $35,750
  • Senior administrative assistant: $42,500
  • Medical secretary/administrative assistant: $35,750

Starting salaries vary widely from city to city, so use our Salary Calculator to find out what administrative assistant salaries are offered in your city.

Administrative assistant job description

In addition to having good business sense and a track record of demonstrating initiative and collaboration, an administrative assistant's job description typically includes:

  • Administrative and office support for multiple supervisors/employees including: creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and filing and email.
  • Office systems’ administration including: data entry, records maintenance and look-up, and report development and retrieval
  • Assisting in team event planning
  • Fielding and screening telephone calls
  • Researching data on the Internet

Must-have skills

Some essential qualifications that organizations look for in an administrative assistant are:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications, listening and customer service skills
  • Professional appearance (i.e., personal appearance and attitude)
  • Organizational skills
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to be flexible when priorities shift
  • Extensive computer and software skills

Find your next administrative assistant job

Skilled administrative assistants are in demand in offices across the United States, and we can help you find your next job. Candidates like Rachelle Bejin have good things to say about working with us:

"OfficeTeam has allowed me to build great relationships resulting in increased opportunities. Overall, my experience with OfficeTeam has been positive and has given me the ability to be more marketable, preparing me for long-term employment."

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