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Executive assistant

Average Executive assistant Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information

Overview

Executive assistants are talented professionals who put their best foot forward each day to support a team of executives or a top executive at a company. Different from secretaries or administrative assistants, executive assistants are trusted with private company information and personal details about the executives. Executive assistants handle a wide variety of tasks and administrative duties that include everything from managing filing systems to scheduling business trips and creating presentations. In short, an executive would be lost without their assistant.

Example executive assistant job description

Our company is seeking a driven, detail-oriented, multitasking master to fill the role of full-time executive assistant for our top executive team. The executive assistant is responsible for managing the day-to-day schedule of our executive team, creating detailed reports of business matters and directing problem-solving strategies for the office. For this position, the ideal candidate will be able to work well under pressure, organize complex schedules and manage important business relationships. If you’re a professional who thrives on creating thorough spreadsheets and is known for going above and beyond, this job might be for you!

 Typical duties include:

  • Manage inbound and outbound phone calls and electronic communications for the executive office 

  • Serve as the point of contact for all executive business relationships

  • Coordinate and schedule all travel arrangements for executives and executive teams

  • Serve as the gatekeeper for the department by greeting clients and screening appointments

  • Prepare detailed reports for the executive team including financial statements, expense reports, memos and invoices

  • Maintain inventory and ordering of all office supplies

  • Record and prepare meeting minutes for the board of directors

  • Provide all other general administrative support as needed

Requirements:

  • Professional communication skills

  • Customer service and office management experience

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

  • Extensive knowledge of Google G-Suite

  • Proactive and thorough problem-solving skills

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage a heavy daily workload

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Relationship management experience

  • Ability to meet deadlines on short notice

  • High School Diploma or GED

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience as an executive assistant or other relevant job experience

Common questions about executive assistant jobs

How much does an executive assistant make?

Depending on the city and company, executive assistants average between $40,000-$60,000 per year. In terms of financial compensation, many executive assistants are also given bonuses and commission based on their performance.

What are the education requirements?

Most companies prefer executive assistants to hold a high school diploma or GED. For some positions, however, a bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Career paths for executive assistants

Executive assistants have the opportunity for an exciting career path. Many executive assistants enjoy their work and are able to learn the trade and land promotions working as a senior executive assistant for a large corporation. Others in the role use the experience to work their way towards a management position.

The future of executive assistants

Technology can manage a lot of scheduling and time management tasks that executive assistants currently take care of. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of executive assistants, unfortunately, is projected to decline 7% between 2018-2028, which is more than the average for all occupations.

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