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 salaries in United Kingdom range from 19,900 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 58,600 GBP per year (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+30%|
|10 - 15 Years||+21%|
|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 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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+43%|
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Administrative Assistant is 9% 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||79,900 GBP||+110%|
|Administrative Aide||28,900 GBP||-25%|
|Administrative Analyst||55,600 GBP||+45%|
|Administrative Assistant||38,300 GBP||-0%|
|Administrative Associate||35,400 GBP||-8%|
|Administrative Manager||59,600 GBP||+55%|
|Administrative Receptionist||33,000 GBP||-14%|
|Board Secretary||33,400 GBP||-13%|
|Central Office Operator||36,900 GBP||-4%|
|Commercial Administrator||50,400 GBP||+31%|
|Commissions Processor||44,900 GBP||+17%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||31,800 GBP||-17%|
|Document Controller||31,500 GBP||-18%|
|Document Management Specialist||44,300 GBP||+16%|
|Executive Assistant||41,500 GBP||+8%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||48,200 GBP||+26%|
|Executive Secretary||37,900 GBP||-1%|
|Front Desk Attendant||36,000 GBP||-6%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||42,400 GBP||+11%|
|Front Desk Manager||57,500 GBP||+50%|
|Group Services Manager||98,100 GBP||+160%|
|Head Receptionist||40,400 GBP||+5%|
|Key Account Assistant||42,500 GBP||+11%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||24,700 GBP||-36%|
|Leasing Administrator||45,300 GBP||+18%|
|Legal Secretary||37,900 GBP||-1%|
|Mailroom Manager||39,100 GBP||+2%|
|Management Support Secretary||37,800 GBP||-1%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||68,400 GBP||+78%|
|Medical Receptionist||38,200 GBP||-0%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||40,800 GBP||+6%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||91,600 GBP||+140%|
|Night Manager||54,800 GBP||+43%|
|Office Administrator||57,300 GBP||+49%|
|Office Assistant||25,800 GBP||-33%|
|Office Manager||61,300 GBP||+60%|
|Office Services Coordinator||49,700 GBP||+30%|
|Operations Analyst||72,400 GBP||+89%|
|Operations Manager||91,300 GBP||+140%|
|Personal Assistant||36,900 GBP||-4%|
|Planning Assistant||44,700 GBP||+17%|
|Process Expert||53,700 GBP||+40%|
|Program Coordinator||53,500 GBP||+40%|
|Programme Assistant||45,800 GBP||+19%|
|Project Administrator||61,600 GBP||+61%|
|Project Coordinator||83,400 GBP||+120%|
|Reception Team Lead||47,300 GBP||+23%|
|Records Officer||30,500 GBP||-20%|
|Schedule Officer||25,100 GBP||-35%|
|School Secretary||35,300 GBP||-8%|
|Switchboard Operator||29,000 GBP||-24%|
|Technical Program Manager||85,100 GBP||+120%|
|Technical Project Manager||90,800 GBP||+140%|
|Wayleave Officer||24,400 GBP||-36%|
|Kingston upon Hull||40,400 GBP|
|St Davids||34,100 GBP|
|Northern Ireland||32,800 GBP|
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.