WORKOUT EA pay scales on management par
EXECUTIVE assistants are earning as much as middle management staff, according to a survey by Australian recruitment firm PKL.
They earn an average $75,000 a year, with top companies paying in the $120,000 - $150,000 range.
For comparison, their US counterparts earn $60,000 and in the UK they make about $80,000.
But it is in the area of perks that executive assistants excel, and even surpass, middle management.
‘‘ Perks of the job are too numerous, with some EAs getting the use of their boss’s holiday house, unused theatre tickets, corporate gifts and extravagant bonuses,’’ says Roxanne Calder, of PKL.
‘‘ The life of an executive assistant is extremely varied and challenging these days, with people in this job discipline required to understand business principles, make sense of balance sheets, and juggle personalities,’’ Calder says.
It’s not a job for the fainthearted, she says. But those who work hard are rewarded.
Another survey, conducted by specialist recruitment company love*, found salaries for executive assistants rose by 6 to 12 per cent this year. Last year, the average salaries were $60,000 to $70,000 and this year they are $65,000 to $75,000. Their pay in the top 100 companies is in the $100,000 to $130,000 range, the survey reveals.
EAs will no longer accept the first job on offer, says Yvette Gent, director of love*. ‘‘ There is a huge demand for experienced EAs. The demand is percolating to junior levels. A junior receptionist, who could be hired for $30,000 a year in 2006, now makes $40,000’’, Gent says.
‘‘ They are asking for, and being paid, that salary,’’ she says.