Administrative Professionals in Demand for 2006

October 27, 2005 ( - Base starting salaries for administrative professionals in 2006 is expected to rise an average 6%, according to OfficeTeam's 2006 Salary Guide.

In its press release, OfficeTeam said this reflects the growing demand to hire administrative professionals with advanced skills and work experience. The average starting salary increase projected this time last year was just 3%.

The health care field will provide numerous employment opportunities for administrative professionals who have specialized skill sets and industry knowledge, the company said. The financial services, real estate, and manufacturing industries are also expected to increase their hiring of administrative professionals.

The release noted that starting salaries for medical secretaries are expected to rise 8.7%, while surgery schedulers can expect their starting offers to increase 7.3%. Those seeking positions as office/facilities managers and administrative assistants can expect to see base compensation increases of 9.5%. Human resources assistants also are in demand due to increased hiring in a variety of industries, which is placing heavier workloads on human resources departments.

According to the announcement, other key findings from the salary guide include:

  • Marketing assistants can expect base compensation in the range of $26,500 to $33,000, an increase of 7.2% over 2005.
  • Receptionists will see starting salaries increase 5.2% , to the range of $20,000 to $25,500 per year.
  • Base compensation for customer service representatives will increase 6.1% , with starting salaries in the range of $20,750 to $27,000.
  • Average starting salaries for word processors will increase 6% , bringing base compensation to the range of $23,250 to $30,000 annually.

The company noted that specialization and certification can further boost starting salaries, as well as bilingual abilities.

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