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is Office Administration a good paying job?

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Angela’s Answer

Being an office administrator will teach you a variety of skills. You will learn how to juggle time management, planning of various events, HR related activities, and often times be the go to person for many executives on the team. I think it's a fantastic way to get your foot in the door of a company and will teach you a ton about it the business as a whole. I am not sure about the pay, I would imagine the range differs based on experience. Hope that is helpful!
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Daniel’s Answer

If being in office administration is your passion - go for it. I have found some of the happiest people with their jobs aren't necessarily the highest paid individuals. Also, office admin may be able to provide some level of flexibility with work hours (if you want to start a family, do some study on the side - it would be a great choice)!
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C’s Answer

It all depends on what administration job you want to go into. And of course the sector. For example an Executive Assistant can earn a vary high salary. I would suggest research job salary online on payscale.com or Glassdoor. They will give you a good overview of what salary is in each career. However I would highly suggest to find a role you enjoy and are passionate about as job satisfaction is much more important than salary.
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Paul’s Answer

Hi Odalis:

Yes Office Administration can be a good paying position. The pay scales do vary depending on your educational background and your experience. It can also depend upon which business profession you work within.

The pay scales vary from 12.00 dollars and hour to 23.00 dollars an hour. But also if you work within an occupation that provides bonuses, the compensation can go even higher. I have heard that individuals, who work within law firms, can be compensated at some very high rates, and also receive yearly bonuses.

Some of the lower paying positions require a high school diploma, while the higher paying ones might require a bachelors degree in business administration or another major.

As you may have determined office administrators basically have oversight of budgets inside of various companies and organizations, and are responsible for making sure that the different departments are adhering to the yearly allocated budgets. The office administrator may research where budgets and costs can be more efficient. They may also be in charge of billing and collections efforts, and inventory allocation (in order to ensure that office supplies are always in stock). Companies where there are other administrative staff, the office administrator may need to fill in wherever necessary. So they must be very versatile. Strong computer skills are also needed, including proficiency in word processing and database software.

I hope this has been helpful in assisting you in your future career.

Paul G

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Research which area of office administration you would like to pursue
Determine which educational requirements and experience is needed to achieve this goal
See an academic advisor at a local college to determine your academic pathway
Research the opportunities at a college job center or employment office and see if there are any internships available for experience.
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