Administrative assistants

National Occupation Code (NOC): 1241  ยท  Browse All Occupations

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Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant - Office
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Appointment Secretary
  • Church Secretary
  • Contracts Secretary
  • Executive Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Finance Secretary
  • Human Resources Secretary
  • Loans And Grants Administrative Assistant
  • Office Administrative Assistant
  • Personal Secretary
  • Private Secretary
  • Recording Secretary
  • Sales Secretary
  • School Secretary
  • Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Secretary-clerk
  • Taxation Service Secretary
  • Technical Secretary
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Office Administrative Assistant
  • Private Secretary
  • Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Technical Secretary
  • Secretary-clerk
  • Admin Assistant
  • Administration Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Administrator

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for administrative assistants.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree $12,010
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $40,341
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $44,879
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $42,869
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $31,461
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $38,948
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Sex

The following table details median income by sex for administrative assistants.

Sex Median Income
Male $38,913
Female $33,054
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (108 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for administrative assistants.

$29,250.00
Lowest Observed
$67,000.00
Highest Observed
$33,150.00
25th Percentile
$40,386.18
Average
$37,525.00
Median
$45,000.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for administrative assistants

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 105
25 to 34 years 225
35 to 44 years 420
45 to 54 years 555
55 to 64 years 435
65 to 74 years 120
75 years and over 0
Total 1,865
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Industry

This chart outlines regional employment participation by industry for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated industry, or refer to the table below.

Industry Employed Individuals
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 45
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 0
Utilities 20
Construction 80
Manufacturing 125
Wholesale trade 75
Retail trade 55
Transportation and warehousing 40
Information and cultural industries 10
Finance and insurance 135
Real estate and rental and leasing 60
Professional, scientific and technical services 210
Management of companies and enterprises 15
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services 80
Educational services 520
Health care and social assistance 50
Arts, entertainment and recreation 10
Accommodation and food services 15
Other services 180
Public administration 145
Not Applicable 0
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 950
Part Time 1,000
Total 1,950
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Sex

This chart outlines regional employment participation by sex for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated sex, or refer to the table below.

Sex Employed Individuals
Male 65
Female 1,890
Total 1,955
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 1,740
Self Employed 125
Total 1,865
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 1,810
Unemployed 55
Total 1,865
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for administrative assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 80
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 625
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 35
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 830
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 30
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 345
Total 1,955
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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