Descriptions and median base salaries from ASAE research
Top Administrative PositionHandles the internal administrative matters of the organization. Responsible for administration of the organization’s headquarters and field offices, including staff, office equipment, facilities, and office support services. If the position of Controller does not exist, may administer the accounting, payroll, and disbursement functions.
Median base salary: $79,000
Senior Executive AssistantProvides secretarial and administrative support to the CEO or other senior managers or executives. Performs a variety of complex and routine activities and may require access to highly confidential information. Works independently within defined schedules. Maintains a position of high visibility to board members and key volunteers.
Median base salary: $73,549
Administrative AssistantPerforms clerical duties for one or more staff persons. Typical tasks may include word processing, preparing correspondence, maintaining records, answering and screening phone calls, and mail distribution. Larger organizations may have multiple administrative assistants across different departments.
Median base salary: $48,000
ReceptionistAnswers main phone line, greets visitors, and accepts packages/mail for the organization. May also perform other miscellaneous clerical duties as assigned.
Median base salary: $40,841
General Office Clerk
Performs routine clerical tasks requiring minimal experience and training, such as photocopying, filing, faxing, and mail distribution.
Median base salary: $47,700
Source: ASAE, Association Compensation & Benefits Study 2022