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Administrative Assistant Average Salary in United Kingdom 2021

How much money does an Administrative Assistant make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
38,300 GBP
( 3,190 GBP monthly)


A person working as an Administrative Assistant in United Kingdom typically earns around 38,300 GBP per year. Salaries range from 19,900 GBP (lowest) to 58,600 GBP (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 United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Administrative Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administrative Assistant salaries in United Kingdom range from 19,900 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 58,600 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 36,800 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 36,800 GBP while the other half are earning more than 36,800 GBP. 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 25,500 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 25,500 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 45,800 GBP while 25% are earning more than 45,800 GBP.

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 yearly United Kingdom 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 22,600 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 30,400 GBP 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 39,500 GBP per year, 30% 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 47,800 GBP per year, 21% 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 52,300 GBP 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 55,000 GBP per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Administrative Assistant average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
22,600 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
30,400 GBP
5 - 10 Years+30%
39,500 GBP
10 - 15 Years+21%
47,800 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
52,300 GBP
20+ Years+5%
55,000 GBP
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 yearly United Kingdom 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 26,900 GBP per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 38,500 GBP per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 53,200 GBP per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Administrative Assistant average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

High School
26,900 GBP
Certificate or Diploma+43%
38,500 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+38%
53,200 GBP
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 yearly United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

37,500 GBP
39,200 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Administrative Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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

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Administrative Assistant(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

United Kingdom / 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 Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2020. 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 United Kingdom

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

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Administrative Assistant Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

18 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 18 GBP. This means that the average Administrative Assistant in United Kingdom earns approximately 18 GBP 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 United Kingdom
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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 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist79,900 GBP+110%
Administrative Aide28,900 GBP-25%
Administrative Analyst55,600 GBP+45%
Administrative Assistant38,300 GBP-0%
Administrative Associate35,400 GBP-8%
Administrative Manager59,600 GBP+55%
Administrative Receptionist33,000 GBP-14%
Board Secretary33,400 GBP-13%
Central Office Operator36,900 GBP-4%
Clerk24,100 GBP-37%
Commercial Administrator50,400 GBP+31%
Commissions Processor44,900 GBP+17%
Conveyancing Secretary31,800 GBP-17%
Document Controller31,500 GBP-18%
Document Management Specialist44,300 GBP+16%
Executive Assistant41,500 GBP+8%
Executive Personal Assistant48,200 GBP+26%
Executive Secretary37,900 GBP-1%
Front Desk Attendant36,000 GBP-6%
Front Desk Coordinator42,400 GBP+11%
Front Desk Manager57,500 GBP+50%
Group Services Manager98,100 GBP+160%
Head Receptionist40,400 GBP+5%
Key Account Assistant42,500 GBP+11%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator24,700 GBP-36%
Leasing Administrator45,300 GBP+18%
Legal Secretary37,900 GBP-1%
Librarian46,700 GBP+22%
Mailroom Manager39,100 GBP+2%
Management Support Secretary37,800 GBP-1%
Master Programme Coordinator68,400 GBP+78%
Medical Receptionist38,200 GBP-0%
Meeting and Event Assistant40,800 GBP+6%
Meeting and Event Manager91,600 GBP+140%
Night Manager54,800 GBP+43%
Office Administrator57,300 GBP+49%
Office Assistant25,800 GBP-33%
Office Manager61,300 GBP+60%
Office Services Coordinator49,700 GBP+30%
Operations Analyst72,400 GBP+89%
Operations Manager91,300 GBP+140%
Personal Assistant36,900 GBP-4%
Planning Assistant44,700 GBP+17%
Process Expert53,700 GBP+40%
Program Coordinator53,500 GBP+40%
Programme Assistant45,800 GBP+19%
Project Administrator61,600 GBP+61%
Project Coordinator83,400 GBP+120%
Reception Team Lead47,300 GBP+23%
Receptionist33,200 GBP-13%
Records Officer30,500 GBP-20%
Schedule Officer25,100 GBP-35%
School Secretary35,300 GBP-8%
Secretary32,100 GBP-16%
Switchboard Operator29,000 GBP-24%
Technical Program Manager85,100 GBP+120%
Technical Project Manager90,800 GBP+140%
Typist28,400 GBP-26%
Wayleave Officer24,400 GBP-36%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen39,500 GBP
Abingdon33,800 GBP
Armagh39,400 GBP
Bangor33,500 GBP
Belfast42,300 GBP
Birmingham44,400 GBP
Bradford42,600 GBP
Brighton42,000 GBP
Bristol41,000 GBP
Cambridge35,700 GBP
Canterbury33,900 GBP
Cardiff42,000 GBP
Chester35,500 GBP
Coventry41,700 GBP
Derby41,100 GBP
Derry34,800 GBP
Dundee38,900 GBP
Durham36,500 GBP
Edinburgh43,700 GBP
Exeter35,200 GBP
Glasgow41,100 GBP
Gloucester35,300 GBP
Hartlepool35,100 GBP
Inverness33,300 GBP
Kingston upon Hull40,400 GBP
Kirkwall32,600 GBP
Leeds43,200 GBP
Leicester42,200 GBP
Lincoln38,500 GBP
Lisburn34,100 GBP
Liverpool44,500 GBP
London41,500 GBP
Manchester41,000 GBP
Newcastle39,700 GBP
Newport38,700 GBP
Newry35,700 GBP
Norwich36,800 GBP
Nottingham41,100 GBP
Oxford38,900 GBP
Peterborough39,800 GBP
Plymouth41,500 GBP
Poole35,900 GBP
Portsmouth37,800 GBP
Ripon33,100 GBP
Salisbury34,700 GBP
Sheffield42,800 GBP
Somerset42,300 GBP
Southampton40,300 GBP
St Davids34,100 GBP
Stirling35,700 GBP
Stromness33,100 GBP
Strontian33,100 GBP
Swansea41,200 GBP
Truro35,300 GBP
Wakefield33,800 GBP
Wells32,000 GBP
Winchester33,900 GBP
Wolverhampton39,300 GBP
York38,600 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England73,800 GBP
Northern Ireland32,800 GBP
Scotland55,000 GBP
Wales36,400 GBP

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 Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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