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How will your administrative assistant education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the administrative assistant education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 1,447 brick and mortar administrative assistant schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had administrative assistant programs were:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  2. Fordham University - located in Bronx, New York
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 24,499 students graduated with certificates in administrative assisting. Of these students, 16,828 received certifications in administrative assisting, 7,615 received an undergraduate degree in administrative assisting, and 56 received a graduate-level degree in administrative assisting.


Students can pursue education in administrative assisting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Administrative Assisting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Administrative Assisting
  • Master's Degree in Administrative Assisting
  • Certificate in Administrative Assisting

Administrative assistant students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their administrative assisting certificate:

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Clerical
  • Planning and Organization
  • Accounting
  • Spreadsheets


On average in 2010, administrative assistant schools in the US charged $15,229 in tuition per year. The administrative assistant schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, students paid $39,130
  2. Fordham University - located in Bronx, New York, students paid $36,882
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York, students paid $29,283

The administrative assistant schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Michigan Career and Technical Institute - located in Plainwell, Michigan, students paid $3,750
  2. Lake Career and Technical Center - located in Camdenton, Missouri, students paid $4,500
  3. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477

How will your administrative assistant job compare?

A large number of administrative assisting majors work as administrative assistants after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 1,132,070 administrative assistants working in the US. The states with the largest populations of administrative assistants are:

  1. California - 168,420 Administrative Assistants
  2. New York - 107,290 Administrative Assistants
  3. Texas - 93,100 Administrative Assistants

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people working as an administrative assistant is expected to grow by 12% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,816,370 administrative assistants working in the US then. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for administrative assistants over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 21%
  2. Virginia - 19%
  3. Idaho - 17%


Administrative assistants in the US can make an average of $41,647 per year. However, the salary for an administrative assistant can greatly vary based on factors such as your employer, location or shift differentials. Salaries for administrative assistants range from less than $18,250 per year to more than $86,560 per year. Administrative assistants in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New Jersey - $55,300 per year
  2. New York - $55,130 per year
  3. Maryland - $52,490 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for administrative assistants:

  1. South Dakota - $33,200 per year
  2. West Virginia - $35,630 per year
  3. Louisiana - $35,820 per year

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administrative assisting?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Office Clerks, General 2,789,590 $28,240 -6.9%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,841,020 $32,000 5.5%
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1,132,070 $45,860 -21.5%
Legal Secretaries 228,700 $43,270 -13.7%