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Administrative Assistant Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does an Administrative Assistant make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
23,000 HKD
( 276,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Hong Kong typically earns around 23,000 HKD per month. Salaries range from 12,400 HKD (lowest) to 34,700 HKD (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution monthly Hong Kong Administrative Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administrative Assistant salaries in Hong Kong range from 12,400 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 34,700 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 21,100 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 21,100 HKD while the other half are earning more than 21,100 HKD. 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 15,100 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 15,100 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 25,700 HKD while 25% are earning more than 25,700 HKD.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Administrative 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 Administrative Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Administrative Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,400 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 18,200 HKD per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 24,000 HKD per month, 32% 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 28,200 HKD per month, 18% 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 31,300 HKD per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 33,300 HKD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Administrative Assistant average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
14,400 HKD
2 - 5 Years+26%
18,200 HKD
5 - 10 Years+32%
24,000 HKD
10 - 15 Years+18%
28,200 HKD
15 - 20 Years+11%
31,300 HKD
20+ Years+6%
33,300 HKD
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.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Administrative 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 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 18,200 HKD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 24,900 HKD per month, 37% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 32,000 HKD per month, 29% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Administrative Assistant average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

High School
18,200 HKD
Certificate or Diploma+37%
24,900 HKD
Bachelor's Degree+29%
32,000 HKD
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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong Administrative 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 Administrative Assistant employees in Hong Kong earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

21,900 HKD
23,800 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Administrative Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

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Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong
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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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong 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.

93% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 7% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% 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 Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
44,700 HKD
Public Sector+10%
49,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Administrative Assistant Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Hong Kong Administrative Assistant
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Average Salary 2016
21,100 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
21,900 HKD
Average Salary 2018+1%
22,200 HKD
Average Salary 2019+2%
22,600 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Administrative Assistant salaries in Hong Kong are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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 Hong Kong

130 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 130 HKD. This means that the average Administrative Assistant in Hong Kong earns approximately 130 HKD 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 monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Administrative Assistant is 17% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

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Administrative Aide18,200 HKD-21%
Administrative Analyst27,200 HKD+18%
Administrative Assistant23,000 HKD+0%
Administrative Associate23,100 HKD+0%
Administrative Manager27,800 HKD+21%
Administrative Receptionist20,500 HKD-11%
Board Secretary24,800 HKD+8%
Central Office Operator22,700 HKD-1%
Clerk18,500 HKD-20%
Commercial Administrator30,100 HKD+31%
Commissions Processor28,900 HKD+26%
Conveyancing Secretary24,800 HKD+8%
Document Controller21,500 HKD-6%
Document Management Specialist26,500 HKD+15%
Executive Assistant29,500 HKD+28%
Executive Personal Assistant31,800 HKD+38%
Executive Secretary26,800 HKD+17%
Front Desk Attendant25,300 HKD+10%
Front Desk Coordinator27,100 HKD+18%
Front Desk Manager33,600 HKD+46%
Group Services Manager47,300 HKD+110%
Head Receptionist28,800 HKD+25%
Key Account Assistant28,700 HKD+25%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator16,000 HKD-30%
Leasing Administrator26,000 HKD+13%
Legal Secretary26,100 HKD+14%
Librarian26,700 HKD+16%
Mailroom Manager24,000 HKD+4%
Management Support Secretary28,900 HKD+26%
Master Programme Coordinator39,000 HKD+70%
Medical Receptionist26,500 HKD+15%
Meeting and Event Assistant29,200 HKD+27%
Meeting and Event Manager39,700 HKD+73%
Night Manager33,700 HKD+47%
Office Administrator34,600 HKD+51%
Office Assistant19,200 HKD-16%
Office Manager28,900 HKD+26%
Office Services Coordinator27,200 HKD+18%
Operations Analyst35,800 HKD+56%
Operations Manager44,400 HKD+93%
Personal Assistant26,200 HKD+14%
Planning Assistant25,100 HKD+9%
Process Expert33,200 HKD+44%
Program Coordinator30,300 HKD+32%
Programme Assistant26,100 HKD+14%
Project Administrator38,400 HKD+67%
Project Coordinator40,300 HKD+75%
Reception Team Lead35,200 HKD+53%
Receptionist22,900 HKD-0%
Records Officer20,900 HKD-9%
Schedule Officer18,800 HKD-18%
School Secretary22,200 HKD-3%
Secretary22,300 HKD-3%
Switchboard Operator19,700 HKD-14%
Technical Program Manager38,600 HKD+68%
Technical Project Manager40,100 HKD+74%
Typist18,000 HKD-22%
Wayleave Officer18,800 HKD-18%
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