A person working as a Personal Assistant in United States typically earns around 50,600 USD per year. Salaries range from 23,300 USD (lowest) to 80,400 USD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Personal Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Personal Assistant salaries in United States range from 23,300 USD per year (minimum salary) to 80,400 USD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 54,600 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 54,600 USD while the other half are earning more than 54,600 USD. 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 35,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 35,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 72,900 USD while 25% are earning more than 72,900 USD.
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
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 Personal Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Personal Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 26,400 USD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 35,300 USD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 52,100 USD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Personal Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 63,600 USD per year, 22% 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 69,300 USD per year, 9% 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 USD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Personal Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Personal Assistant is 30,100 USD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 47,300 USD per year, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 79,300 USD per year, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+57%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Personal Assistant employees in United States earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.
Personal Assistant(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2021. 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.
A Personal 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.
66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Personal Assistant is 10% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accreditation Specialist||113,000 USD||+120%|
|Administrative Aide||39,800 USD||-21%|
|Administrative Analyst||69,500 USD||+37%|
|Administrative Assistant||51,800 USD||+2%|
|Administrative Associate||48,900 USD||-3%|
|Administrative Manager||73,000 USD||+44%|
|Administrative Receptionist||48,200 USD||-5%|
|Board Secretary||43,100 USD||-15%|
|Central Office Operator||47,700 USD||-6%|
|Commercial Administrator||67,000 USD||+32%|
|Commissions Processor||59,900 USD||+18%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||44,300 USD||-12%|
|Document Controller||42,100 USD||-17%|
|Document Management Specialist||58,900 USD||+16%|
|Executive Assistant||56,400 USD||+12%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||64,000 USD||+27%|
|Executive Secretary||52,200 USD||+3%|
|Front Desk Attendant||46,600 USD||-8%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||54,800 USD||+8%|
|Front Desk Manager||75,800 USD||+50%|
|Group Services Manager||136,000 USD||+170%|
|Head Receptionist||57,200 USD||+13%|
|Key Account Assistant||56,400 USD||+12%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||30,400 USD||-40%|
|Leasing Administrator||61,300 USD||+21%|
|Legal Secretary||52,200 USD||+3%|
|Mailroom Manager||53,400 USD||+6%|
|Management Support Secretary||47,200 USD||-7%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||89,600 USD||+77%|
|Medical Receptionist||53,200 USD||+5%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||55,700 USD||+10%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||125,000 USD||+150%|
|Night Manager||68,500 USD||+35%|
|Office Administrator||72,200 USD||+43%|
|Office Assistant||32,600 USD||-36%|
|Office Manager||83,900 USD||+66%|
|Office Services Coordinator||62,900 USD||+24%|
|Operations Analyst||97,700 USD||+93%|
|Operations Manager||131,000 USD||+160%|
|Personal Assistant||50,600 USD||+0%|
|Planning Assistant||55,400 USD||+10%|
|Process Expert||75,600 USD||+49%|
|Program Coordinator||70,500 USD||+39%|
|Programme Assistant||60,800 USD||+20%|
|Project Administrator||82,300 USD||+63%|
|Project Coordinator||112,000 USD||+120%|
|Reception Team Lead||65,000 USD||+29%|
|Records Officer||38,500 USD||-24%|
|Schedule Officer||33,300 USD||-34%|
|School Secretary||47,000 USD||-7%|
|Switchboard Operator||40,100 USD||-21%|
|Technical Program Manager||116,000 USD||+130%|
|Technical Project Manager||112,000 USD||+120%|
|Wayleave Officer||33,500 USD||-34%|
|Iowa City||41,000 USD|
|Kansas City||48,800 USD|
|Las Vegas||49,200 USD|
|Long Beach||43,900 USD|
|Los Angeles||57,800 USD|
|New Orleans||45,100 USD|
|New York||59,600 USD|
|Oklahoma City||49,600 USD|
|San Antonio||56,200 USD|
|San Diego||56,400 USD|
|San Francisco||51,400 USD|
|San Jose||56,800 USD|
|Washington D.C.||50,100 USD|
|District of Columbia||43,000 USD|
|New Hampshire||47,400 USD|
|New Jersey||51,200 USD|
|New Mexico||46,800 USD|
|New York||56,100 USD|
|North Carolina||50,700 USD|
|North Dakota||42,600 USD|
|Rhode Island||45,100 USD|
|South Carolina||51,900 USD|
|South Dakota||43,000 USD|
|West Virginia||44,400 USD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.