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Demand for highly skilled administrative professionals will remain steady this year, predicts the 2009 Salary Guides from Robert Half International.

While starting salaries for admins are expected to rise 2.6% on average in 2009, employees with specific skills—industry experience, technical aptitude, multilingual abilities and professional certifications—can command even more. For example, for the salaries below, add up to 11% for expert multilingual abilities or Microsoft Business Certification.

Overall, the survey says, a few administrative positions are in hot demand: customer service representative, data-entry specialist and administrative health care.

For your own free copy of OfficeTeam’s 2009 Salary Guide, visit www.officeteam.com or call (800) 804-8367.

Administrative starting salaries, 2009

Position Title                                      Salary                       % Change

Senior Executive Assistant              $41,750-$58,000    2.6%
Senior Office/Facilities Manager    $39,250-$53,500    1.4%
Executive Assistant                           $35,750-$47,250    2.2%
Specialized Assistant - Legal         $35,250-$43,500    2.6%
HR Benefits Specialist                     $34,000-$44,250    2.0%
HR Recruiting Specialist                 $32,750-$44,000    2.7%
Senior Administrative Assistant     $31,750-$41,250    2.1%
Medical Secretary/Admin                 $30,500-$39,000    4.5%
Human Resources Assistant         $28,000-$38,000    1.9%
Marketing Assistant                          $28,000-$36,000    2.0%
Administrative Assistant                  $26,750-$35,750    1.6%
Customer Service/ Call Ctr. Rep    $22,750-$31,000    3.4%
Data Entry Specialist                        $22,000-$27,750    3.1%

Source: Office Team 2009 Salary Guide

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