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Executive Assistant

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Provides skilled administrative support for a company executive or professional staff at an organization. Schedules meetings, calls and travel, manages correspondence, handles outside information requests and staff communications; may assist with preparing presentations.

Job Outlook

There were 2288 Executive Assistant job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 97172 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Executive Assistant industry, which includes the Executive Assistant career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Executive Assistant jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,229.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,592.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Executive Assistant postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,154.

Education and Experience

Posted Executive Assistant jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree13%
Bachelor's Degree45%
Master's Degree4%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other38%

Posted Executive Assistant jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years59%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Executive Assistant positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (58%)
  • Organizational Skills (52%)
  • Microsoft Office (47%)
  • Microsoft Excel (43%)
  • Detail-Oriented (41%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Administrative Support (88%)
  • Scheduling (49%)
  • Travel Arrangements (33%)
  • Expense Reports (26%)
  • Appointment Setting (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Budgeting (16%)
  • Project Management (16%)
  • Customer Service (15%)
  • Spreadsheets (13%)
  • Staff Management (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Note Taking (7%)
  • Mailing (7%)
  • Memoranda Preparation (6%)
  • General Office Duties (6%)
  • Filing (6%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Executive Assistant skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
  • Executive Secretary
  • Executive Administrator

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Executive Assistant jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (462)
  • JP Morgan Chase Company (440)
  • Intermountain Healthcare (289)
  • University Of California (269)
  • Teleperformance (249)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (69)
  • North Carolina State University (48)
  • Bank of America (32)
  • Wells Fargo (21)
  • East Carolina University (17)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!