Human Resources Assistant, Medical Office Personnel Among Positions in Demand

MENLO PARK, CA – Reflecting growing hiring demand, base compensation for administrative professionals across the country is expected to rise an average of 6 percent in 2006, according to the just-released OfficeTeam 2006 Salary Guide. This compares with an average starting salary increase of 3 percent projected this time last year.

OfficeTeam is the world’s leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals. The 2006 Salary Guide is based on an analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the company’s U.S. offices.

“As hiring in many industries continues to pick up, companies are boosting starting salary levels to attract the best candidates,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Administrative professionals with advanced skills -- particularly technology proficiency -- and relevant work experience will be able to command the highest compensation.”

Industry Trends
The healthcare field will provide numerous employment opportunities for administrative professionals who have specialized skill sets and industry knowledge. Domeyer notes that administrative professionals in this sector are expected to be familiar with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Other industries anticipated to accelerate their hiring of administrative professionals include financial services, real estate and manufacturing. Since opportunities vary by geographic region, the Salary Guide provides regional variance data to help users adjust national ranges for specific markets.

Specialties in Demand
The growing complexity and change characterizing the healthcare industry is generating demand for administrative professionals with relevant expertise and experience. Starting salaries for medical secretaries, for example, are expected to rise 8.7 percent, to between $27,750 and $34,500 annually. Surgery schedulers can anticipate starting offers to increase 7.3 percent, to the range of $26,000 to $33,000 annually.

Significant starting salary increases are projected for office/facilities managers and administrative assistants as well. Both positions are anticipated to see base compensation increase 9.5 percent, to between $31,250 and $38,000 for facilities managers and $26,000 to $31,750 for administrative assistants. Human resources assistants also are in demand due to increased hiring in a variety of industries, which is placing heavier workloads on human resources departments.

Other key findings from the OfficeTeam 2006 Salary Guide include:

  • Marketing assistants can expect base compensation in the range of $26,500 to $33,000, an increase of 7.2 percent over 2005.
  • Receptionists will see starting salaries increase 5.2 percent, to the range of $20,000 to $25,500 per year.
  • Base compensation for customer service representatives will increase 6.1 percent, with starting salaries in the range of $20,750 to $27,000.
  • Average starting salaries for word processors will increase 6 percent, bringing base compensation to the range of $23,250 to $30,000 annually.

Growing Role of Certification
As administrative roles become more complex, specialization and certification can further boost starting salaries. According to OfficeTeam research, employers are willing to pay up to 10 percent for designations such as a Microsoft Office Specialist, certified administrative professional and certified professional secretary. Those applicants who are bilingual can also command higher starting compensation.

Starting salary information in the OfficeTeam 2006 Salary Guide is based on 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.

OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

: Your readers can order a free copy of the OfficeTeam 2006 Salary Guide by visiting or calling (800) 804-8367. Media requests should be directed to Abby Goodman at (650) 234-6289.

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