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In 2012, executive assistants earned a median salary of $47,500, according to the BLS. The highest earners made about $73,530, while the lowest earners took home approximately $31,310. The highest-paid executive assistants worked in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., New York City and San Francisco.

Job Salary Year
2004 $34,070.00
2006 $35,620.00
2008 $38,230.00
2010 $45,860.00
2012 $50,220.00

Average Executive Assistant Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Executive assistants earned an average salary of $50,220 a year in 2012, while administrative assistants took home an average of $33,560. A receptionist, who may report to an executive assistant, makes $27,050 per year. Those closer to C-suite make substantially more: Management analysts earned an average of $88,070 in 2012, and business operations managers earned close to $115,000.

Job Name Salary
Business Operations Manager $95,440.00
Management Analyst $78,600.00
Executive Assistant $47,500.00
Administrative Assistant $32,410.00
Receptionist $25,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Executive Assistants

The highest paid in the executive assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., New York City, and San Francisco. The San Jose, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Bridgeport, Conn.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $67,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an executive assistant working in Nassau, N.Y. is $67,850, which is $20,350 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $66,670 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an executive assistant working in New York City is $66,670, which is $19,170 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $65,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an executive assistant working in San Francisco is $65,390, which is $17,890 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $64,560 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an executive assistant working in San Jose, Calif. is $64,560, which is $17,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bridgeport, Conn.

Average Salary: $64,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an executive assistant working in Bridgeport, Conn. is $64,200, which is $16,700 more than the average pay in the profession.

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