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Admin salary guide for 2012

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The 2012 Salary Guide from Robert Half International shows that over­­all starting salaries for administrative professionals are expected to rise 3.4% this year.

Among the biggest gains:

  • Senior executive assistants (EA) can expect a starting salary between $44,250 and $60,000—a gain of 4.5%. (Add 10% or more for EAs supporting C-level executives in big firms.)
  • Executive assistants can expect between $37,750 and $50,750—or a gain of 4.4%.
  • Senior administrative assistants can expect between $34,500 and $43,000—or a gain of 4.4%. (Add 6% for Certified Administrative Pro­fes­sional; 8% for Microsoft Office Spe­cial­ist certification.)

Other news from the study:

  • Managers are refilling critical support roles, having seen a productivity loss from reduced administrative staff levels. Experienced assistants are in particularly strong demand.
  • Health care hiring remains strong, fueled by a shift to electronic medical records.
  • Demand for skilled administrative professionals is strong. Nearly half of surveyed HR managers said it’s difficult to find them these days.

What do recruiters say they’re looking for:

  1. Flexibility. Companies are coping with a lot of change. Managers want staff who can adapt to changing workloads and responsibilities.
  2. Communication. Admins have to be articulate and polished in their in­­teractions. Writing abilities are ever­­more important, given the greater emphasis on email and social media.
  3. Technical expertise. Managers want admins to be so proficient with software so they can assist and train others. Microsoft Office skills remain in demand, as are skills with social-media tools.
  4. Can-do mindset. Managers want staff members who can fix problems.

Request a free salary guide at www.officeteam.com/salarycenter.

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