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Personal Assistant Average Salary in United States 2022

How much money does a Personal Assistant make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
50,600 USD
( 4,210 USD monthly)


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 Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Personal Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Personal Assistant salaries in United States range from 23,300 USD per year (minimum salary) to 80,400 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

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

Personal Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Personal Assistant
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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 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.

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, 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.

Personal Assistant average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
26,400 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
35,300 USD
5 - 10 Years+48%
52,100 USD
10 - 15 Years+22%
63,600 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
69,300 USD
20+ Years+8%
75,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Personal Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Personal Assistant
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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 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.

Personal Assistant average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
30,100 USD
Certificate or Diploma+57%
47,300 USD
Bachelor's Degree+68%
79,300 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Personal Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Personal Assistant
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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 Personal Assistant employees in United States earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.

49,000 USD
52,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Personal Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Personal Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Personal Assistant

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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Personal Assistant
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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.

United States / All Professions

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 United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Personal Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Personal Assistant
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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.

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.

Personal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in United States

24 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 24 USD. This means that the average Personal Assistant in United States earns approximately 24 USD 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.

Personal Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Personal Assistant and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly United States
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist113,000 USD+120%
Administrative Aide39,800 USD-21%
Administrative Analyst69,500 USD+37%
Administrative Assistant51,800 USD+2%
Administrative Associate48,900 USD-3%
Administrative Manager73,000 USD+44%
Administrative Receptionist48,200 USD-5%
Board Secretary43,100 USD-15%
Central Office Operator47,700 USD-6%
Clerk32,600 USD-36%
Commercial Administrator67,000 USD+32%
Commissions Processor59,900 USD+18%
Conveyancing Secretary44,300 USD-12%
Document Controller42,100 USD-17%
Document Management Specialist58,900 USD+16%
Executive Assistant56,400 USD+12%
Executive Personal Assistant64,000 USD+27%
Executive Secretary52,200 USD+3%
Front Desk Attendant46,600 USD-8%
Front Desk Coordinator54,800 USD+8%
Front Desk Manager75,800 USD+50%
Group Services Manager136,000 USD+170%
Head Receptionist57,200 USD+13%
Key Account Assistant56,400 USD+12%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator30,400 USD-40%
Leasing Administrator61,300 USD+21%
Legal Secretary52,200 USD+3%
Librarian57,500 USD+14%
Mailroom Manager53,400 USD+6%
Management Support Secretary47,200 USD-7%
Master Programme Coordinator89,600 USD+77%
Medical Receptionist53,200 USD+5%
Meeting and Event Assistant55,700 USD+10%
Meeting and Event Manager125,000 USD+150%
Night Manager68,500 USD+35%
Office Administrator72,200 USD+43%
Office Assistant32,600 USD-36%
Office Manager83,900 USD+66%
Office Services Coordinator62,900 USD+24%
Operations Analyst97,700 USD+93%
Operations Manager131,000 USD+160%
Personal Assistant50,600 USD+0%
Planning Assistant55,400 USD+10%
Process Expert75,600 USD+49%
Program Coordinator70,500 USD+39%
Programme Assistant60,800 USD+20%
Project Administrator82,300 USD+63%
Project Coordinator112,000 USD+120%
Reception Team Lead65,000 USD+29%
Receptionist45,700 USD-10%
Records Officer38,500 USD-24%
Schedule Officer33,300 USD-34%
School Secretary47,000 USD-7%
Secretary44,100 USD-13%
Switchboard Operator40,100 USD-21%
Technical Program Manager116,000 USD+130%
Technical Project Manager112,000 USD+120%
Typist39,300 USD-22%
Wayleave Officer33,500 USD-34%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta45,600 USD
Austin51,800 USD
Baltimore50,300 USD
Boston50,400 USD
Bristol41,600 USD
Chicago58,900 USD
Cincinnati42,000 USD
Cleveland42,300 USD
Dallas56,700 USD
Denver50,800 USD
Detroit48,400 USD
Honolulu40,500 USD
Houston56,100 USD
Indianapolis51,900 USD
Iowa City41,000 USD
Jacksonville53,900 USD
Kansas City48,800 USD
Kent40,400 USD
Las Vegas49,200 USD
Long Beach43,900 USD
Los Angeles57,800 USD
Memphis51,300 USD
Miami47,200 USD
Minneapolis46,300 USD
New Orleans45,100 USD
New York59,600 USD
Oakland44,200 USD
Oklahoma City49,600 USD
Orlando42,400 USD
Philadelphia53,700 USD
Phoenix57,100 USD
Sacramento48,800 USD
San Antonio56,200 USD
San Diego56,400 USD
San Francisco51,400 USD
San Jose56,800 USD
Seattle49,400 USD
Tampa41,500 USD
Vancouver42,500 USD
Washington D.C.50,100 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama48,400 USD
Alaska43,400 USD
Arizona53,100 USD
Arkansas50,400 USD
California53,500 USD
Colorado49,600 USD
Connecticut49,500 USD
Delaware47,200 USD
District of Columbia43,000 USD
Florida54,900 USD
Georgia55,400 USD
Hawaii44,000 USD
Idaho45,200 USD
Illinois54,900 USD
Indiana53,800 USD
Iowa46,300 USD
Kansas47,500 USD
Kentucky50,300 USD
Louisiana51,700 USD
Maine44,300 USD
Maryland51,400 USD
Massachusetts52,700 USD
Michigan50,900 USD
Minnesota49,400 USD
Mississippi47,800 USD
Missouri52,600 USD
Montana43,300 USD
Nebraska46,000 USD
Nevada48,200 USD
New Hampshire47,400 USD
New Jersey51,200 USD
New Mexico46,800 USD
New York56,100 USD
North Carolina50,700 USD
North Dakota42,600 USD
Ohio54,100 USD
Oklahoma50,500 USD
Oregon46,900 USD
Pennsylvania53,500 USD
Rhode Island45,100 USD
South Carolina51,900 USD
South Dakota43,000 USD
Tennessee51,500 USD
Texas56,400 USD
Utah49,200 USD
Vermont42,400 USD
Virginia52,900 USD
Washington53,900 USD
West Virginia44,400 USD
Wisconsin50,000 USD
Wyoming43,500 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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