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Executive Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential
What Will I Be Doing as an Executive Assistant?
Administrative assisting and executive assisting is one of the largest occupations nationwide, and in this field, you'll play an important role in keeping an office running smoothly. The job description of an administrative or executive assistant may vary from position to position, but the duties usually involve the following:
- Managing the day-to-day operations of the office
- Organizing and maintaining files and records
- Planning and scheduling meetings and appointments
- Managing projects and conducting research
- Preparing and editing correspondence, reports, and presentations
- Making travel and guest arrangements
- Providing quality customer service
- Working in a professional environment
Administrative assistants and executive assistants can be found working in schools, government agencies, and corporate settings across a broad range of industries.
How Much Can I Make as an Executive Assistant?
As in any other industry, administrative assistant and executive assistant pay rates vary by employer, specific position, geographic location, and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of administrative assistants earn between $25,350 and $39,440 a year.
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