Personal Assistant Salary
LOW RANGE includes hourly candidates up to $40,000 a year. These candidates are usually new to the business or may have up to 2 years of experience. A candidate will not likely have a college degree. Duties include basic errands, fetching dry cleaning, washing and walking pets, and some administration duties.
MEDIUM RANGE usually has a pay scale between $40,000 to $80,000. These candidates often have prior personal assistant experience anywhere from 2 to 4 years. Employees at this level can and usually do work for celebrities, high-profile executives and high net worth families. Most of the candidates will have a college degree and be a career personal assistant. The assistants at this level are adept at booking private jets and usually travel with the VIP they work for (in a shadow capacity). End-of-year bonuses, based on performance, at this level are not uncommon. It is quite easy to lose an assistant at this level if they are not treated well or given any bonuses because once they have a strong résumé, they will be a flight risk to go make more money if not properly motivated to stay.
HIGH RANGE personal assistants work from $80,000 to $150,000 a year. End-of-year bonuses, health insurance benefits, and 401K are usually a part of the package as well. Assistants in this range will usually have 5 to 10 years of experience, have a college degree, and possess specific skill-sets that are not easy to find. They are usually hybrid assistants and are adept at working in and out of offices or in the field (on location). They have extensive experience with celebrities and high net worth families, so special skills include managing exotic car fleets, private jets, domestic staff from 5 to 20 employees, and managing multiple estates worldwide.
ULTRA HIGH RANGE personal assistants work on a pay scale from $150,000 to $250,000+. At the minimum they have a BA or BS degree, but likely will have a Master’s degree in a field that is related to the employer’s vocation. These personal assistants also act as a sort of Business Manager for the VIP and will have access to very large sums of cash and credit. These assistants will usually have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience and are stand-out candidates in their field. These assistants are very sought-after by personal assistant headhunters and domestic employment agencies of all kinds. These candidates are very adaptable to working in corporate environments where major power-players mingle. They work in a “personal assistant” capacity in the field (on location), but also have one or more subordinate personal assistants working for them to do simpler tasks. These Ultra High Range Personal Assistants often get a luxury condo or house that is included as part of the compensation package, and having a driver for the car that was given to them is not uncommon. These Executive Personal Assistants work for ultra-high net worth (UHNW) clients and Hollywood celebrities usually cannot afford them unless they are moguls like Steven Spielberg, or another type of legendary figure like director James Cameron. A credit check, criminal background check, driving record review will be required, and they also must be insured because of the vast sums of money they manage.