Executive Assistant salaries are determined by a candidate’s blend of experience, as well as soft skills such as adaptability, plus technical proficiency with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, database management and even social media management. Candidates who are highly organised and able to multi-task under pressure will find more opportunities to negotiate their Executive Assistant salary.
Percentiles of an Executive Assistant salary
In the Robert Half Salary Guide, salaries are broken down by percentiles. This allows you to see how different skills, experience and qualifications – along with different roles, can shape an Executive Assistant salary.
This Executive Assistant salary percentile applies to candidates who have an entry-level/basic experience in the role or similar. Responsibilities may include preparation and revision of key documents, and diary, email and inbox management. Candidates will be expected to have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Outlook. This salary percentile may also apply in smaller, less complex organisations.
To earn this salary percentile, executive assistants require an average level of experience. Desirable tertiary qualifications include a Cert III in Business Administration. Candidates need to be highly organised as responsibilities may include ensuring that all meetings, travel, and attendance at industry events occur smoothly and seamlessly. Excellent communication skills – both written and oral, will be required as the Executive Assistant may be called on to prepare meeting agendas, write and review minutes, and draft other reports as required.
At this Executive Assistant salary percentile, candidates are expected to be well skilled in the use of Dictaphones or be proficient in shorthand. Responsibilities may include diary management and preparation of itineraries and appointments. Collaborative skills are essential as candidates may be tasked with ensuring that communications to a variety of departments and stakeholders are clear, concise, and informative.
In the highest salary percentile range, executive assistants play a critical role helping high-level business leaders carry out their role efficiently. Excellent communication skills are essential as candidates can be called on to communicate both internally and externally to board members and high level industry executives. In a complex role, responsibilities may include updating business leaders on key organisational issues, assisting in strategic business plans, managing media liaisons and establishing an executive’s social media footprint.