What does an Executive Assistant do?

An executive assistant coordinates and provides high-quality administrative support to the executive team. An executive assistant's role may also include analyzing documents, preparing research reports, and occasionally supervising staff members. As such, executive assistants function as an integral and indispensable part of the office and can be found in any industry – government, education, retail, hospitality, recreation, and more.

Many executive assistants begin their career path as an administrative assistant, eventually being promoted into an executive assistant role. The best executive assistants are outgoing, have an eye for detail, and work well with a wide variety of personalities.

  • Schedule appointments, and maintain and update supervisors' daily calendar
  • Coordinate travel arrangements, prepare itineraries, plan logistics, and submit expense reports
  • Screen all incoming phone calls, inquiries, visitors, and correspondence, and route accordingly
  • Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information
  • Manage complex office administrative work requiring the use of independent judgment and initiative
  • Bachelor's degree required or equivalent work experience
  • 5 years of experience in administrative support functions
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with a strong attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and social media web platforms
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with key stakeholders
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Executive Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,898 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $63K
$94K
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Executive Assistant Career Path

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Executive Assistant Insights

Read what Executive Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
ECG Management ConsultantsECG Management Consultants
Executive Assistant
Feb 26, 2021

“Some really smart consultants who were fun to work with and made coming to work enjoyable.”

TERI, Inc.TERI, Inc.
Executive Assistant
Jan 16, 2020

“Executive team is thoughtful and truly cares about the clients/students we serve and our TERI family.”

The Gunter GroupThe Gunter Group
Executive Assistant
Jul 6, 2021

“Engagement is high from all team members and I was welcomed well before my first day.”

Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University
Executive Assistant
Aug 7, 2021

“There is a great sense of team work and have a commons goal of helping students.”

PlanfulPlanful
Executive Assistant
Jul 10, 2020

“It's so nice to work for and with such an amazing group of truly generous and passionate people.”

Executive SpeakingExecutive Speaking
Writer and Assistant to the President
Oct 12, 2020

“The CEO called again and I was left in the room to ponder how unprofessionally this whole situation was handled.”

AthenaAthena
Executive Assistant
Jul 22, 2021

“The training materials and pase is way much better than any training I attended as an employee.”

LiveRampLiveRamp
Executive Assistant
Sep 13, 2019

“I have been here for almost 2 years and have had so many opportunities to grow and learn new things.”

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