Senior-Level Staff to See Biggest Gains

MENLO PARK, CA -- Base compensation for administrative professionals across the country is expected to rise an average of 3.5 percent in 2007, according to the just-released OfficeTeam 2007 Salary Guide.  This reflects continued demand for highly skilled office support and administrative employees.

OfficeTeam is the world’s leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.  The 2007 Salary Guide is based on an analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the company’s North American offices.

“Firms recognize they must offer competitive compensation to attract the best employees,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam.  “Senior-level administrative professionals who can manage office activities and other support staff are in especially high demand and may see more significant gains in starting salaries in 2007.”

Skills and Attributes Sought

Employers will seek administrative professionals with demonstrated industry experience and company knowledge who can make immediate contributions to the organization.  In addition to superior technical skills, hiring managers also will look for candidates who show initiative and a commitment to continuing education, and can be flexible to meet shifting and expanding work responsibilities. 

Industry Trends

Skilled administrative professionals are expected to be in demand in several industries, including manufacturing, financial services and commercial real estate.  The healthcare field also will continue to expand its use of experienced administrative personnel, OfficeTeam research shows.  Since compensation varies by geographic region, the Salary Guide provides regional variance data to help hiring managers adjust starting salaries for specific markets.

Other key findings from the OfficeTeam 2007 Salary Guide include:

  • Senior office/facilities managers can expect starting salaries to rise an average of 8.2 percent, to the range of $37,500 to $52,000. 
  • Senior executive assistants will see average starting salaries of $39,000 to $54,750, a 6.5 percent increase over this year. 
  • Sales assistants can expect base compensation in the range of $26,250 to $34,000, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2006.
  • Receptionists will see starting salaries increase 4.9 percent, to the range of $21,000 to $26,750 per year.
  • Base compensation for customer service/call center representatives will increase 3.6 percent, with starting salaries in the range of $21,500 to $29,000.
  • Average starting salaries for data entry specialists will increase 5 percent, bringing base compensation to the range of $21,000 to $26,000 annually.
  • Medical executive assistants will see starting salaries increase 5.6 percent, to the range of $33,000 to $43,000 per year.

The Importance of Certification

Certification and specialization can further increase base compensation, as companies continue to seek job candidates with specific expertise.  According to OfficeTeam research, employers are willing to pay an average of 7 percent more for designations such as certified administrative professional and certified professional secretary, and an average of 10 percent more for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.  Bilingual applicants can command starting salaries as much as 9 percent higher than non-bilingual candidates.

Starting salary information in the OfficeTeam 2007 Salary Guide is based on the thousands of job orders handled in North America each year by OfficeTeam staffing managers.  Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported since 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 and the U.S. Department of Labor uses the guide when preparing its best-selling Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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

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