Demand Generated by Continued Business Expansion, Need for Highly Skilled Staff

MENLO PARK, CA -- Average starting salaries in the administrative field are expected to rise 3.9 percent in the United States next year, according to the newly released 2001 OfficeTeam Salary Guide. Steady economic growth and sustained low unemployment rates are expected to increase the need for skilled support staff, and place increased emphasis on candidate recruitment and retention.

OfficeTeam is the world's leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled temporary office and administrative professionals. The company's annual salary survey is based on extensive research, as well as local and national employment data gathered from OfficeTeam locations throughout the United States.

"Salaries will continue to rise as competition intensifies for highly skilled candidates," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Because of the competitive hiring market, individuals can expect to see more benefit options in their compensation packages, along with increases in base salary."

Specialties in Demand
Senior office assistants (professionals who provide general office support throughout an organization) will note the biggest starting salary increase of any single job classification in 2001, with base compensation expected to rise 6.4 percent, to between $20,750 and $24,750 annually. "Senior office assistants are highly sought after, as the skills and support they provide companywide are critical to keeping office operations running smoothly," Domeyer noted.

Average starting salaries for data entry specialists, senior data entry specialists and customer service representatives are all projected to increase 6.3 percent in the year ahead. "Managers continue to seek administrative staff with software expertise who can organize and track information, analyze results, and provide feedback to internal and external clients," Domeyer said. "The best candidates have equally solid technical and interpersonal abilities."

Administrative assistants and junior administrative assistants are expected to remain in demand, with projected increases in base compensation in the range of 5 percent. "Firms rely on these individuals to support departments made up of not only full-time staff, but also consultants, part-time employees and off-site workers," Domeyer said. "Administrative professionals with a high degree of initiative and strong project management skills are highly marketable."

Other key findings in the 2001 OfficeTeam Salary Guide:

  • Average starting salaries for word processors will rise 5.9 percent, to between $22,500 and $26,750 per year.
  • Starting salaries for marketing assistants will range from $26,250 to $31,250, a 5.5 percent increase over last year.
  • Senior administrative assistants are expected to see a 3.7 percent increase in salaries, to the range of $26,500 to $37,250 annually.
  • Base compensation for executive assistants is projected to rise 2.8 percent, to the range of $29,000 to $36,000 per year.
  • Office managers will see a 2.1 percent salary increase, to between $27,000 and $34,250 annually.
  • Starting salaries for senior executive assistants are expected to range from $34,000 to $46,500, a 1.3 percent increase over last year.

Industry Trends
Companies in the high technology, financial services, health care and insurance industries report particularly strong demand for support staff, according to OfficeTeam research. However, employment opportunities vary by geographic region. A complete regional analysis of hiring trends and selected local salary variances is included in the 2001 OfficeTeam Salary Guide.

Starting salary information in the 2001 OfficeTeam Salary Guide is derived from the thousands of job orders handled in the United States each year by OfficeTeam staffing managers. Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported since too many factors -- such as seniority, work ethic, performance and training -- impact a full-time employee's compensation as a work history develops.

Businesses nationwide consult the OfficeTeam Salary Guide each year to determine starting salaries for administrative staff. The U.S. Department of Labor uses the guide in preparation of its Occupational Outlook Handbook, one of the best-selling government publications.

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