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

By Robert Half August 18, 2016 at 3:00pm

If you're interested in an administrative assistant job, now is a good time to apply. Administrative assistants are in high demand and starting salaries are expected to increase over the next year. Read on for the latest administrative assistant salary ranges, job description and necessary skills.

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 latest 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.


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Administrative assistant salary ranges

According to the OfficeTeam Salary Guide for 2017, all administrative assistant starting salary ranges are expected to increase by at least 3.4 percent, with the administrative assistant salary at the highest increase of 4.0 percent. Learn what the administrative assistant salary ranges are for your local market using the OfficeTeam Salary Calculator

  • Entry-level administrative assistant: $29,500 - $37,250
  • Administrative assistant: $33,250 - $45,250
  • Senior administrative assistant: $41,250 - $53,000
  • Medical secretary/administrative assistant: $36,250 - $47,000

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
    - Creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations

    - Filing
    - Email
  • Office systems' administration
    - Data entry
    - Records maintenance and look-up
    - 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 demeanor (i.e., personal appearance and attitude)
  • Organizational skills
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to be flexible when priorities shift
  • Extensive computer and software skills

Job duties and skills vary, depending on the administrative assistant job title. For additional administrative salary information and job descriptions, check out the OfficeTeam Salary Guide. Searching for administrative assistant jobs? Be sure to look at the OfficeTeam jobs database.

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This post was originally published in June 2014 and has been updated to reflect more current information.

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