Posted by Michelle Johanson on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 06:45
The 2016 administrative salary data is out. How does your pay compare to what others are making? Learn the latest trends and what you can do if your salary is depressing.
There is good news next year for many administrative professionals. Starting salaries for administrative jobs are forecast to climb an average of 3.8 percent in the U.S. in 2016, according to the new OfficeTeam Salary Guide.
Many of the strongest gains are for senior-level positions or healthcare administrative jobs. Among them:
- Certified medical coding manager — Starting salaries will range from $72,750 to $96,250 — a 4.8 percent increase from 2015.
- Senior executive assistant — Starting salaries are expected to increase 4.2 percent, to between $53,500 and $69,250.
- Facilities manager — This role will see starting salaries increase 4.2 percent, to the range of $40,750 to $63,750.
- Medical office administrator — Look for starting salaries to increase 4.2 percent, to the range of $43,000 to $61,500.
- Call center manager — Starting salaries are projected between $44,500 and $59,250 — a 4.0 percent increase.
- Senior administrative assistant — Expect a 4.0 percent increase in starting salaries, to the range of $39,750 to $51,000.
(Note: The administrative salary ranges provided are national averages at the time of hire and don’t include bonuses, incentives and other forms of compensation.)
Not happy with your pay?
So, what if you’re not in a job category that’s expected to see above-average salary growth? Here are three steps you can take to move into administrative jobs with better salaries:
1. Gain in-demand skills
What can you bring to the table that’s harder for employers to find in administrative candidates? Companies are willing to pay more for qualifications like advanced technical expertise, medical coding knowledge and leadership skills. Investing in training classes may help you become more marketable and move into a higher salary bracket.
2. Earn a certification
A certification not only solidifies your expertise in a particular area, but it shows professional commitment – which makes you valuable to employers. Administrative candidates who hold a Microsoft Office Specialist certification, for instance, can earn starting salaries up to 8 percent higher than applicants who don’t. Sometimes certifications are a requirement. For instance, the Certified Coding Specialist and Certified Professional Coder designations are essential in certain healthcare administrative jobs.
3. Rethink your current job
If your pay level isn’t likely to increase much in your current position, consider whether there are other roles in the company worth pursuing. If you’re ready to move on entirely, check out the OfficeTeam jobs database for leads.
Take a look at the 2016 salary range for your administrative job and customize the data for your area by using the OfficeTeam Salary Calculator. To see all of the salary projections for a wide variety of administrative jobs, download a free copy of the new OfficeTeam Salary Guide.