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The Average UK Salary for Secretarial & PA Jobs

09 January 2019
Besma Whayeb
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Want to pursue a career as a Secretary, Receptionist, or PA? Here’s everything you need to know about Secretarial jobs – and the salaries you can expect.

 

 

What is the average UK salary for Secretaries?

If you’re thinking of applying to a Secretary job, you will need to be prepared to organise documents, arrange meeting rooms and refreshments, manage diaries, and more.

If you’re thinking about working as a Secretary, or have been in the profession for a while, you can expect an average salary of £26,727 per year before tax, which equals a take home salary of £21,555.

If you receive a this as a wage, it will equate to £514 per week before tax, or £415 per week after tax.

In comparison, the average UK salary overall is £29,588 before tax, or £23,500 after tax. This equates to £569 per week before tax, or £452 per week after tax.

Secretaries can be expected to work in full-time and part-time positions for businesses in almost every industry in the UK, which may also affect salary expectations. In busy commercial areas, you may also find working for an agency a viable option.

 

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What is the average UK salary for Receptionists?

Working as a Receptionist, you will be expected to signpost visitors and guests, connect calls and field emails, as well as be a friendly and polite representative for the business you work for.

Receptionists can expect to receive £17,471 per year in the UK before tax, which equates to a take home salary of £15,261.

If you receive a wage, this will be £336 per week before tax, or £293 per week after tax.

Receptionist jobs can be both full-time or part-time, so make sure to calculate your salary accordingly. In big business areas, you may also find working for an agency a viable option.

 

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What is the average UK salary for Personal Assistants?

Personal Assistants (PAs) are entrusted with key information and duties for senior members of staff. They can expect to receive £26,727 per year before tax, which equates to a take home salary of £21,555 per year.

If you receive a wage, this will be £514 per week before tax, or £415 per week after tax.

This figure obviously varies a lot depending on the industry you work in, as well as the seniority of your job (for example, a PA to the CEO of a large multinational business can expect to earn more than a PA to a CEO of a start-up).

 

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What is the average UK salary for School Secretaries?

School Secretaries hold the important role of organising thousands of school children every day. They work hard to liaise with parents, teachers, and anyone else involved with school activities.

School Secretaries can expect to receive £19,014 per year before tax, which equates to a take home salary of £16,310 per year.

This figure equates to a weekly wage of £366 before tax, or £314 after tax.

 

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Data taken from Office of National Statistics. 
Tax calculated for 2018/2019.