What does a Senior Administrative Assistant do?

Administrative assistants perform general clerical tasks, generally on behalf of a leader in the organization. If you are highly motivated and organized then this might just be the job for you. Day-to-day life as an administrative assistant includes coordinating various calendars, taking phone calls and messages, sending emails, prepping for large meetings and presentations, capturing notes in meetings, and many other related tasks.

Administrative assistants are typically outgoing and friendly people who work well with many leadership personality types. Strong administrative assistants excel at organization, management of multiple peoples' time and expectations, and have a self-starter attitude, getting things done before others recognize the need. People that are successful in this role will usually progress into assisting higher level leaders (sometimes becoming an Executive Assistant), managing other administrative assistants, or working as an office manager.

  • Greet visitors and point them in the right direction, answer inquiries, and create a welcoming environment
  • Organize and maintain files and databases in a confidential manner
  • Manage communication including emails and phone calls
  • Screen phone calls, redirect calls, and take messages
  • Schedule appointments, meetings, and reservations as needed
  • Receive deliveries; sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Maintain and order office supplies
  • Receive invoices and review for accuracy
  • Coordinate staff travel arrangements including transportation and accomodations
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. associate's degree in Business Administration preferred.
  • 2-3 years of clerical, secretarial, or office experience
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with routinely shifting demands
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Data entry experience
  • Working knowledge of general office equipment
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Administrative Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$56,798 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $57K
$78K
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Senior Administrative Assistant Career Path

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Read what Senior Administrative Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Daiya FoodsDaiya Foods
Administrative Support Coordinator
Jul 20, 2021

“The office atmosphere is so uplifting and positive and I really enjoy working with everyone here!”

Green Key ResourcesGreen Key Resources
Administrative
Jan 22, 2020

“She is amazing at how fast she responds to calls/emails and is great to work with.”

Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester Metropolitan University
Assessment Administrator
Jan 8, 2021

“I felt very welcomed from my first day and the people I work with are really nice and accommodating.”

University of UtahUniversity of Utah
Administrative Officer
Jan 17, 2020

“You can luck out and have a great supervisor but in my experience it was rare.”

SecurlySecurly
General Administration
Dec 28, 2021

“I've experienced nothing but solid and easy communication with everyone I have worked with here.”

University of NewcastleUniversity of Newcastle
Clerical Assistant
Jun 16, 2021

“The campus is centrally located and beautiful and the employer committed to offering career development opportunities.”

Health Promotion BoardHealth Promotion Board
Administrative & Ops
Sep 2, 2020

“How good your day is really depends on the supervisor as well as your fellow swabbers and swab assistant.”

Pine Cone TherapiesPine Cone Therapies
Administrative
Aug 3, 2021

“No reason to work Bobbye Records she is manipulative person and is selfish and greedy.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a senior administrative assistant

When working as a senior administrative assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Editing, English Language Grammar, Arrangements, Faxing, and Filing.

The most similar professions to senior administrative assistant are:
  • Office Administrator
  • File Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Data Entry Clerk

The most common qualifications to become a senior administrative assistant include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.