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The bad news: Projected starting salaries for administrative professionals could see a decrease by an average of 2.2% in 2010.

“A focus on cost control will continue to shape the hiring landscape next year, and starting salaries clearly are being influenced by that trend,” says Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International.

The good news: If you’re good at adapting to unexpected situations and able to quickly learn new skills, you’re the sort of person who will still thrive.

One of the best-poised positions, for example, is that of the executive assistant. Companies with leaner teams seek employees willing to take on a wider range of duties. Executive assistants who can wear many hats, support multiple managers and adapt readily to change are in particular demand.

A snapshot of the projected starting salaries for 2010 is shown below. You can receive your own free copy of the salary guide at www.officeteam.com/SalaryCenter.

                                                               2009                                2010
Senior Executive Assistant         $41,750-$58,000        $41,000-$55,750    -3.0%
Executive Assistant                     $35,750-$47,250        $35,000-$47,000    -1.2%
Administrative Assistant             $26,750-$35,750        $26,250-$34,250    -3.2%
Office/Facilities Manager             $33,500-$43,500        $33,000-$41,500    -3.2%
Marketing Assistant                     $28,000-$36,000        $26,750-$34,750    -3.9%
Human Resources Assistant       $28,000-$38,000        $26,500-$36,250    -4.9%
Customer Service Rep                 $22,750-$31,000        $22,750-$30,750    -0.5%
Medical Records Clerk                  $23,750-$31,250        $23,750-$31,500     0.5%

Source: OfficeTeam.

Tip: Find more salary guidelines in our free report, Salary Negotiating 101.

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