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Administrative Assistant Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does an Administrative Assistant make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
50,000 AUD
( 4,170 AUD monthly)


A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Australia typically earns around 50,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 24,000 AUD (lowest) to 78,600 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Administrative Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Administrative Assistant Salary Distribution in Australia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administrative Assistant salaries in Australia range from 24,000 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 78,600 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 52,100 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 52,100 AUD while the other half are earning more than 52,100 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 34,200 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 34,200 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 67,900 AUD while 25% are earning more than 67,900 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Administrative Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 28,100 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 39,800 AUD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 52,400 AUD per year, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Administrative Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 64,400 AUD per year, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 68,500 AUD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 75,000 AUD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Administrative Assistant average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
28,100 AUD
2 - 5 Years+42%
39,800 AUD
5 - 10 Years+31%
52,400 AUD
10 - 15 Years+23%
64,400 AUD
15 - 20 Years+6%
68,500 AUD
20+ Years+10%
75,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Administrative Assistant(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Administrative Assistant is 34,900 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 51,300 AUD per year, 47% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 68,800 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Administrative Assistant average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
34,900 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+47%
51,300 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
68,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Administrative Assistant employees in Australia earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

48,900 AUD
51,600 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Administrative Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Administrative Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Administrative Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Administrative Assistant
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An Administrative Assistant is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Administrative Assistant employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
89,400 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Administrative Assistant Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

How are Administrative Assistant salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
44,800 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
46,500 AUD
Average Salary 2018+3%
47,900 AUD
Average Salary 2019+3%
49,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Administrative Assistant salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Administrative Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Australia

24 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 24 AUD. This means that the average Administrative Assistant in Australia earns approximately 24 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Administrative Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Administrative Assistant and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly Australia
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The average salary for Administrative Assistant is 9% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist81,000 AUD+62%
Administrative Aide37,100 AUD-26%
Administrative Analyst56,400 AUD+13%
Administrative Assistant50,000 AUD-0%
Administrative Associate48,800 AUD-2%
Administrative Manager61,500 AUD+23%
Administrative Receptionist43,700 AUD-13%
Board Secretary53,900 AUD+8%
Central Office Operator47,800 AUD-4%
Clerk41,500 AUD-17%
Commercial Administrator68,600 AUD+37%
Commissions Processor57,400 AUD+15%
Conveyancing Secretary53,800 AUD+7%
Document Controller43,400 AUD-13%
Document Management Specialist60,300 AUD+20%
Executive Assistant65,000 AUD+30%
Executive Personal Assistant71,200 AUD+42%
Executive Secretary59,500 AUD+19%
Front Desk Attendant50,500 AUD+1%
Front Desk Coordinator58,800 AUD+17%
Front Desk Manager73,200 AUD+46%
Group Services Manager97,700 AUD+95%
Head Receptionist67,100 AUD+34%
Key Account Assistant63,300 AUD+26%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator35,900 AUD-28%
Leasing Administrator53,800 AUD+7%
Legal Secretary53,400 AUD+7%
Librarian59,800 AUD+19%
Mailroom Manager54,500 AUD+9%
Management Support Secretary59,900 AUD+20%
Master Programme Coordinator86,600 AUD+73%
Medical Receptionist57,400 AUD+15%
Meeting and Event Assistant67,500 AUD+35%
Meeting and Event Manager84,400 AUD+69%
Night Manager73,300 AUD+46%
Office Administrator76,300 AUD+52%
Office Assistant42,900 AUD-14%
Office Manager63,500 AUD+27%
Office Services Coordinator57,700 AUD+15%
Operations Analyst75,500 AUD+51%
Operations Manager95,900 AUD+92%
Personal Assistant58,500 AUD+17%
Planning Assistant56,900 AUD+14%
Process Expert69,000 AUD+38%
Program Coordinator67,100 AUD+34%
Programme Assistant57,600 AUD+15%
Project Administrator77,600 AUD+55%
Project Coordinator83,700 AUD+67%
Reception Team Lead75,800 AUD+51%
Receptionist52,800 AUD+5%
Records Officer46,000 AUD-8%
Schedule Officer41,500 AUD-17%
School Secretary52,100 AUD+4%
Secretary52,300 AUD+4%
Switchboard Operator41,700 AUD-17%
Technical Program Manager85,000 AUD+70%
Technical Project Manager89,700 AUD+79%
Typist38,600 AUD-23%
Wayleave Officer43,200 AUD-14%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide51,800 AUD
Brisbane52,400 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan46,800 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed51,400 AUD
Gosford44,700 AUD
Melbourne52,700 AUD
Newcastle45,200 AUD
Perth52,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast46,100 AUD
Sydney53,000 AUD
Wollongong44,500 AUD
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