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.

What responsibilities are common for Executive Assistant jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Executive Assistant jobs?
  • 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

$3,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $3K
$6K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Executive Assistant Career Path

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

Executive Assistant
$31,000/yr
Senior Executive Assistant
$64,000/yr
Lead Executive Assistant
No Salary Reports
Executive Assistant

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
8%
2 - 4
60%
5 - 7
21%
8+
11%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Executive Assistant Insights

Read what Executive Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Schlessinger Eye and FaceSchlessinger Eye and Face
Executive Assistant to CEO and President
29 Jun 2022

“Long hours and commute but i didn’t mind bc i enjoyed my job so much…..until……!”

HgHg
Executive Assistant
19 Apr 2022

“Onboarding was super welcoming and the best experience I have had of starting a new role”

sfa designsfa design
Executive Assistant
1 Jul 2022

“You get to be apart of one of the best design teams in LA and work with the coolest clients”

Horwich FarrellyHorwich Farrelly
Litigation Executive
20 Sept 2022

“The pay isn't amazing but not bad considering the positive aspect of the job.”

InvestcorpInvestcorp
Executive Assistant
11 Oct 2021

“Far far too quiet and the job description in the interview was not what the job actually was.”

ECG Management ConsultantsECG Management Consultants
Executive Assistant
26 Feb 2021

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

Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University
Executive Assistant
7 Aug 2021

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

PlanfulPlanful
Executive Assistant
10 Jul 2020

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

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of executive assistants

A typical day of an executive assistant is spent performing a variety of tasks to support the executive they work for. They might handle their daily schedule, clerical duties, make phone calls, maintain files, and schedule meetings. Executive assistants also accept visitors and draft correspondence.

The best part about being an executive assistant is the many different possibilities. It is a profession needed in almost any industry from retail to government, education, and hospitality. The hours for an executive assistant generally follow a typical work week.

The average salary for an executive assistant is $3,000 but the range falls between $2,000 and $6,390. How much an executive assistant makes depends on the industry they work in, the level of their education, and any additional skills or experience they may have.

Working as an executive assistant can be challenging depending on the industry and the schedule and needs of the executive they work for. They often sit for long periods of time and spend most of their day on the computer or answering the phone.

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