What does an Office Administrator do?

Office administrators perform various clerical tasks to help an organization's operations run efficiently. They may primarily provide administrative support to staff, organize files, arrange travel for executives, and perform bookkeeping and process payroll. They also oversee administrative functions and supervise other administrative staff members. They greet clients, answer phones, and reply to client inquiries and email.

Office administrators operate and maintain office equipment including copy and fax machines and computers, conduct research, and compile reports for supervisors and other employees. They scheduled meetings and events and organize the necessary materials for them. They also assist the human resources department with hiring and onboarding new employees. Office administrators maintain an inventory of office equipment and supplies and create and modify documents like invoices, contracts, reports, memos, and letters. Office administrators need a minimum associate's degree in business or business administration.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Office Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$43,090 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$29K
Median: $43K
$64K
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Office Administrator Career Path

Learn how to become an Office Administrator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Office Administrator
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Office Administrator Insights

Read what Office Administrator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Markerstudy GroupMarkerstudy Group
Office Administration Assistant
Sep 21, 2021

“Really good career progression opportunities and always felt my thoughts and opinions were respected even though I was very junior”

Visit Salt Lake
Office Administrator
Jul 23, 2021

“VSL is one of the best places to work because you will have wusch a great and friendly team.”

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Administration Assistant
Jul 27, 2021

“there weren't many pros i can think of really only cheap tomatoes and close to home not much else”

Kimpton Hotels & RestaurantsKimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Home Office Employee
Oct 12, 2020

“It is truly a great place to work with so many opporunities to learn and grow!”

Vanguard College PrepVanguard College Prep
Office Administrator
Jan 12, 2022

“Our job is not an easy nor a simple one but the pay we get is really low.”

Russell CellularRussell Cellular
Office Worker
May 17, 2021

“High turnover was okay because training was handled by the experienced helpdesk at near this pay.”

Aegis LivingAegis Living
Home Office Employee
Jul 29, 2019

“Great consideration is taken to provide roadmaps for employees to further their career and achieve their personal goals.”

Rubicon Offshore InternationalRubicon Offshore International
Office Administrator
Jan 28, 2021

“Everyone received a reasonable farewell package and was even provide 1 month outplacement service to work with a career coach.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an office administrator

When working as an office administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Customer Service, MS Office, Excellent Communication, and Attention To Detail.

The most similar professions to office administrator are:
  • Practice Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Accountant

The most common qualifications to become an office administrator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.