A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Canada typically earns around 65,800 CAD per year. Salaries range from 30,900 CAD (lowest) to 104,000 CAD (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 Canada range from 30,900 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 104,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 69,700 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 69,700 CAD while the other half are earning more than 69,700 CAD. 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 45,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 45,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 92,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 92,000 CAD.
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 35,700 CAD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 49,200 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 70,000 CAD per year, 42% 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 85,300 CAD 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 90,000 CAD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 98,100 CAD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+38%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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 42,600 CAD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 64,500 CAD per year, 51% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 96,600 CAD per year, 50% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+51%|
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 Canada earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.
Administrative Assistant(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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 Canada 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.
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 Administrative Assistant is 7% 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||131,000 CAD||+99%|
|Administrative Aide||50,000 CAD||-24%|
|Administrative Analyst||88,200 CAD||+34%|
|Administrative Assistant||65,800 CAD||+0%|
|Administrative Associate||62,600 CAD||-5%|
|Administrative Manager||93,700 CAD||+42%|
|Administrative Receptionist||56,700 CAD||-14%|
|Board Secretary||55,100 CAD||-16%|
|Central Office Operator||59,800 CAD||-9%|
|Commercial Administrator||90,100 CAD||+37%|
|Commissions Processor||75,600 CAD||+15%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||55,200 CAD||-16%|
|Document Controller||53,600 CAD||-19%|
|Document Management Specialist||79,300 CAD||+21%|
|Executive Assistant||69,100 CAD||+5%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||77,200 CAD||+17%|
|Executive Secretary||65,100 CAD||-1%|
|Front Desk Attendant||60,000 CAD||-9%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||70,000 CAD||+6%|
|Front Desk Manager||93,900 CAD||+43%|
|Group Services Manager||165,000 CAD||+150%|
|Head Receptionist||68,000 CAD||+3%|
|Key Account Assistant||67,400 CAD||+2%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||41,500 CAD||-37%|
|Leasing Administrator||72,400 CAD||+10%|
|Legal Secretary||65,600 CAD||-0%|
|Mailroom Manager||66,600 CAD||+1%|
|Management Support Secretary||60,000 CAD||-9%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||117,000 CAD||+78%|
|Medical Receptionist||66,200 CAD||+1%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||70,000 CAD||+6%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||144,000 CAD||+120%|
|Night Manager||89,500 CAD||+36%|
|Office Administrator||90,700 CAD||+38%|
|Office Assistant||41,300 CAD||-37%|
|Office Manager||108,000 CAD||+64%|
|Office Services Coordinator||82,000 CAD||+25%|
|Operations Analyst||122,000 CAD||+85%|
|Operations Manager||160,000 CAD||+140%|
|Personal Assistant||59,700 CAD||-9%|
|Planning Assistant||73,000 CAD||+11%|
|Process Expert||93,200 CAD||+42%|
|Program Coordinator||88,200 CAD||+34%|
|Programme Assistant||72,600 CAD||+10%|
|Project Administrator||105,000 CAD||+60%|
|Project Coordinator||139,000 CAD||+110%|
|Reception Team Lead||79,600 CAD||+21%|
|Records Officer||48,400 CAD||-26%|
|Schedule Officer||39,700 CAD||-40%|
|School Secretary||58,300 CAD||-11%|
|Switchboard Operator||51,300 CAD||-22%|
|Technical Program Manager||142,000 CAD||+120%|
|Technical Project Manager||153,000 CAD||+130%|
|Wayleave Officer||40,300 CAD||-39%|
|British Columbia||67,800 CAD|
|New Brunswick||58,300 CAD|
|Northwest Territories||64,900 CAD|
|Nova Scotia||61,900 CAD|
|Prince Edward Island||53,300 CAD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.