Salary Survey Data Trends: Admin Jobs

by Lyle Leritz, Ph.D. 7. August 2013 08:30


Administrative jobs are common to nearly all organizations and are often a core part of benchmarking projects. As such, we’ve included the occupation in our Year-to-Year Analysis of Salary Survey Data Trends.

Our analysis compares salaries from participant submissions to ERI Salary Surveys between 2012 and 2013, for both nonprofit and for-profit reports. For each year, total averages were calculated by job title and included all industries and geographic areas to maximize sample size.

As shown in the table below, organizations reported higher salaries in 2013 for eight of the twelve administrative titles. Three titles saw a moderate to large decrease, with one position remaining unchanged.

In 2013, survey data for administrative jobs exhibited slightly more year-to-year variability than in the past, but on the whole, these titles remained relatively stable. It should be noted, however, that many of these jobs are on the lower end of the salary spectrum such that small salary changes correspond to a relatively higher percentage as compared to other jobs (e.g., executive jobs). Inventory Clerk, which saw the largest decline, was also the job that has had the smallest sample size over the years, which can partially explain the drop. Receptionist, which saw the highest increase, had one of the largest sample sizes of all titles, making a strong argument that incumbents in this position saw significant wage growth in 2013. 

Visit ERI Salary Surveys for more survey data by industry and job function.


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