Why It's a Great Time to Be an Administrative Assistant

By Robert Half on March 22, 2018 at 7:10am

Behind every well-run and organized office is an administrative assistant who performs a multitude of tasks and acts as a hub of information. A typical day in this job is never dull. It's filled with a variety of activity, and dealing with different personalities and changing priorities is more often the norm than the exception to the rule.

According to the latest OfficeTeam Salary Guide, candidates for these jobs not only need strong core skills (see below), but they must also have a positive, can-do attitude and excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with a variety of people, from customers and colleagues to vendors and top executives.

Administrative assistant salary ranges

According to the 2018 OfficeTeam Salary Guide, here are the Canadian midpoint salaries for a number of administrative jobs:

  • Entry-level administrative assistant: $32,500
  • Administrative assistant: $35,000
  • Senior administrative assistant: $49,750
  • Medical secretary/administrative assistant: $32,000


Administrative assistant job description

In addition to having good business sense and a track record of demonstrating initiative and collaboration, an administrative assistant's job description typically includes:

  • Administrative and office support for multiple supervisors/employees including: creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and filing and email
  • Office systems’ administration including: data entry, records maintenance and look-up, and report development and retrieval
  • Assisting in team event planning
  • Fielding and screening telephone calls
  • Researching data on the Internet

Must-have skills

Some essential qualifications that organizations look for in an administrative assistant are:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications, listening and customer service skills
  • Professional appearance (i.e., personal appearance and attitude)
  • Organizational skills
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to be flexible when priorities shift
  • Extensive computer and software skills

Find your next administrative assistant job

Skilled administrative assistants are in demand in offices across the United States. See our open administrative assistant jobs in these hot cities:

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