The Difference a Name Can Make: Salary Differences for Administrative Professionals

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In a typical year, administrative assistants earn $35,295 on average, while secretaries earn $30,165 according to the Compensation Data annual survey of more than 5,300 employers. These numbers have changed little since 2004, increasing by 5.7 percent for administrative assistants and 5.2 percent for secretaries.

On April 25, administrative professionals will receive flowers, lunches and cards in celebration of Administrative Professionals Day®. In a typical year, administrative assistants earn $35,295 on average, while secretaries earn $30,165 according to the Compensation Data annual survey of more than 5,300 employers. These numbers have changed little since 2004, increasing by 5.7 percent for administrative assistants and 5.2 percent for secretaries.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the workforce is comprised of approximately 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants. While many still use the titles administrative assistant and secretary interchangeably, their pay widely differs. Due to their increased responsibilities, administrative assistants earned 17 percent more than secretaries in 2006. The same has been true since 2004 when there was a difference of 16.4 percent between the two.

Executive assistants earn more than their administrative counterparts with an average salary of $48,243. That's 36 percent more than the average salary for administrative assistants, since this position requires a bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience.

Administrative Professionals Day®
Since 1952, organizations have been celebrating Administrative Professionals Day® on the Wednesday of the last full week in April. Originally called Secretary's Day, this holiday was created by Harry F. Klemfuss to encourage more women to become secretaries. Over the years, the variety of tasks and technical skills required has changed greatly.

Administrative Professionals Day® is a registered trademark of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2006 contains data on 532 job titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Information was collected on more than 6.3 million employees across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of March 1, 2006.

Compdata Surveys is the nation's leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Data is collected annually from thousands of organizations across 39 states. Compdata Surveys has been providing accurate, reliable data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. Results for Compensation Data 2007 will be released in June 2007. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys or media inquiries, contact Lane Lyons at (800) 300-9570.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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