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Administrative assistants earned a median salary of $32,410 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid made approximately $48,520 a year, while the worst-paid made about $20,230. The highest earners worked in the metropolitan areas of Trenton, N.J., San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.

Job Salary Year
2004 $25,700.00
2006 $27,320.00
2008 $31,000.00
2010 $32,000.00
2012 $33,560.00

Average Administrative Assistant Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Administrative assistants earn slightly less than executive assistants and customer service representatives. The highest-paid in the profession earn roughly $48,520, which is on par with what the lowest-paid sales managers and financial analysts make.

Job Name Salary
Sales Manager $105,260.00
Financial Analyst $76,950.00
Executive Assistant $47,500.00
Administrative Assistant $32,410.00
Customer Service Representative $30,580.00
Receptionist $25,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Administrative Assistants

The highest paid in the administrative assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Trenton, N.J., San Francisco, and Oakland, Calif. The Washington, D.C. area also pays well, as does the city of Boston.

Trenton, N.J.

Average Salary: $45,400 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an administrative assistant working in Trenton, N.J. is $45,400, which is $12,990 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $43,980 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an administrative assistant working in San Francisco is $43,980, which is $11,570 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $42,960 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an administrative assistant working in Oakland, Calif. is $42,960, which is $10,550 more than the average pay in the profession.

Washington, D.C.

Average Salary: $42,810 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an administrative assistant working in Washington, D.C. is $42,810, which is $10,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

Boston

Average Salary: $42,690 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an administrative assistant working in Boston is $42,690, which is $10,280 more than the average pay in the profession.

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