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Administrative salaries on the rise

Veronica C. | May 4, 2012

There has been a lot of conflicting information emerging lately, causing many financial authorities and economists to debate whether the U.S. economy is recovering, stagnant or bracing for another major setback. While one report will signal that hiring is on the rise, another can point to an unexpected bump in unemployment benefits applications. Despite this back and forth, a recent report by CompData Surveys has found that the average salary among corporate administrators and office positions is increasing, according to Ere.net.

The company's BenchmarkPro survey has identified that positions such as executive assistants, secretaries, receptionists and other support staff members received a 2 percent pay bump in 2011. While not a major salary increase, it is the first upward momentum in nearly two years of unchanging pay following the economic recession of 2008.

According to Compdata Surveys, office assistants in the U.S. earned an average of $50,200 in 2010, which jumped to $51,600 in 2011. The survey collected information from about 3,700 organizations in 18,000 locations around the country to compile these findings.

While this is largely good news, the data does also show signs of an economy that continues to struggle.

"Although salaries for many administrative professionals increased in 2011, the rate of increase for most of these jobs was less than the 2011 average rate of inflation reported in the Consumer Price Index of 3.2 percent," said marketing director Amy Kaminski.

Category: Employers

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