Is this career in your future?

If you are considering this career path, you should be able to

  • Display strong organization and multitasking skills
  • Exhibit persistence and follow-through on commitments and deadlines
  • Respond well to frequently changing demands or priorities
  • Recognize and overcome challenges   
  • Work independently and with a team
  • Develop and implement effective business solutions

Career and wage opportunities in Alaska

Employment opportunities for administrative assistant jobs in Alaska continue to grow and are expected to continue this trend over the next seven years.  Since this career path offers a variety of job opportunities in every career field, the following list is a small sampling of positions found in Alaska.  For more information, please visit the Alaska Department of Labor website.

Average Wages

Occupation

National

Statewide

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Southeast

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Compute, classify and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.

$17.37

$19.77

 $19.46

$19.66

$20.00

Court, Municipal, and License Clerk
Perform clerical duties in courts of law, municipalities, and governmental licensing agencies and bureaus. May prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges and court; prepare draft agendas or bylaws for town or city council; answer official correspondence; keep fiscal records and accounts; issue licenses or permits; record data, administer tests, or collect fees.

$17.50

$20.20

$18.35

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$22.19

Customer Service Representatives
Interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints. Exclude individuals whose duties are primarily sales or repair.

$15.92

$17.73

$17.80

$18.72

$17.41

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.

$23.13

$23.79

$24.13

$23.68

$22.05

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
Supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.

$25.16

$26.48

$26.31

$25.86

$25.85

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests’ accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

$10.46

$12.32

$12.00

$11.92

$12.03

Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
Compile and keep personnel records. Record data for each employee, such as address, weekly earnings, absences, amount of sales or production, supervisory reports on ability, and date of and reason for termination. Compile and type reports from employment records. File employment records. Search employee files and furnish information to authorized persons.

$18.43

$19.80

$19.86

$20.32

$19.21

Legal Secretaries
Perform secretarial duties utilizing legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

$21.30

$21.74

$21.73

$22.41

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Medical Secretaries
Perform secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures.  Duties include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and complying and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

$15.59

$19.20

$18.55

$18.86

$17.90

Office Clerks, General
Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring limited knowledge of office management systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.

$13.90

$16.88

$17.00

$17.36

$15.71

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
Compile and post employee time and payroll data. May compute employees’ time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions. May prepare paychecks.

$18.31

$20.41

$19.47

$20.33

$21.55

Procurement Clerks
Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.

$18.24

$21.47

$21.14

$20.68

$18.90

Receptionists and Information Clerks
Answer inquiries and obtain information for general public, customer, visitors, and other interested parties.  Provide information regarding activities conducted at establishment; location of departments, offices, and employees within organization.

$12.85

$14.83

$14.42

$15.37

$15.57

Tellers
Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution’s various transactions.

$12.27

$14.25

$14.03

$13.99

$14.43

*Sources: AK Department of Labor, May 2011 and U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2011