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08-04-2008, 12:55 PM
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OT: How much does an "administrative assistant" make?

I mean, in general...I have an interview in a few hours for an entry level "administrative assistant" position at a company here in Montreal. The work is basically ***** work, you know how it is...Preparing reports, writing letters, updating the website, making phone calls, scheduling meetings, etc...It isn't really the best job in the world but I'm having trouble finding something downtown that works for me...It sucks cause I mean, I have my bachelors (commerce) and this doesn't really require a degree, but there is alot of room for advancement (and I'm looking for something long term).

The question is, how much does an administrative assistant make? I mean on average, for Montreal? I sorta need something in the mid 30's to be able to afford my mortgage and everything...Does that seem to high for what the job is?

Some websites have said mid 30's is the average for this position in Canada, but who knows really...Can anyone help me out?

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I mean, in general...I have an interview in a few hours for an entry level "administrative assistant" position at a company here in Montreal. The work is basically ***** work, you know how it is...Preparing reports, writing letters, updating the website, making phone calls, scheduling meetings, etc...It isn't really the best job in the world but I'm having trouble finding something downtown that works for me...It sucks cause I mean, I have my bachelors (commerce) and this doesn't really require a degree, but there is alot of room for advancement (and I'm looking for something long term).

The question is, how much does an administrative assistant make? I mean on average, for Montreal? I sorta need something in the mid 30's to be able to afford my mortgage and everything...Does that seem to high for what the job is?

Some websites have said mid 30's is the average for this position in Canada, but who knows really...Can anyone help me out?
I've been doing that for a few years just before I'm doing the job I'm doing right now which is for a law firm as a paralegal/assistant. If you have some experience or if you never did that sort of work but can proove that other jobs you have done, you did have some things in there that an admin does, you could get from 30-35. Though entry level for me is quite scary 'cause that looks more to me than a 25K type of a job.

Though if you work downtown like I'm doing, it should start at 30K. It depends obviously on a lot of factors, type of companies, products, services and so on....Which company is this?

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I also did that and now working in a firm as FA

administrative assistant earns about 35 top

well I am very far from being downtown MTL, so it may very well nbe higher given the cost of living here is wayyy under MTL

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I mean, in general...I have an interview in a few hours for an entry level "administrative assistant" position at a company here in Montreal. The work is basically ***** work, you know how it is...Preparing reports, writing letters, updating the website, making phone calls, scheduling meetings, etc...It isn't really the best job in the world but I'm having trouble finding something downtown that works for me...It sucks cause I mean, I have my bachelors (commerce) and this doesn't really require a degree, but there is alot of room for advancement (and I'm looking for something long term).

The question is, how much does an administrative assistant make? I mean on average, for Montreal? I sorta need something in the mid 30's to be able to afford my mortgage and everything...Does that seem to high for what the job is?

Some websites have said mid 30's is the average for this position in Canada, but who knows really...Can anyone help me out?
How the hell did you get a mortgage without a job? Anyway, to answer your question, it depends on the type of industry but I think the starting salary would be anywhere between 29K-35K for that position, but more likely in the 31K-32K range.

If you are interested in working for at call cente for a Insurance company downtown, send me a PM and I can give you more details. Starting salary is about 36-37K

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Thanks guys. I really need money right now so if they offer me around 35 I will take it for sure. The location is amazing too, and they said the job is just a stepping stone into the company so there is advancement potential there. With 35 I can afford my mortgage so that's all I really care about at the moment.

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25k, maybe 30k.

At larger corporations you can advance quickly though. In a brokerage for example you could be making 32k-45k in a year or two if you do the industry cenrtification courses that allow you to take orders from clients (along with prove you are competant and worth keeping around).

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If you are interested in working for at call cente for a Insurance company downtown, send me a PM and I can give you more details. Starting salary is about 36-37K
Hi DJ, could you give me some information about this job?

You can email me at soclassy11@gmail.com ; my PMs currently don't work.

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Federal government aa's make anywhere from about 35K to 45K depending on who they work for (ie manager, senior manager etc...)

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Probably 30, maybe less...

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I mean, in general...I have an interview in a few hours for an entry level "administrative assistant" position at a company here in Montreal. The work is basically ***** work, you know how it is...Preparing reports, writing letters, updating the website, making phone calls, scheduling meetings, etc...It isn't really the best job in the world but I'm having trouble finding something downtown that works for me...It sucks cause I mean, I have my bachelors (commerce) and this doesn't really require a degree, but there is alot of room for advancement (and I'm looking for something long term).

The question is, how much does an administrative assistant make? I mean on average, for Montreal? I sorta need something in the mid 30's to be able to afford my mortgage and everything...Does that seem to high for what the job is?

Some websites have said mid 30's is the average for this position in Canada, but who knows really...Can anyone help me out?
In law firms, the demand is high, and the administrative assistants here have specific training, so the pay is higher. (as much as 50-60 for very experienced assistants working for senior lawyers or multiple lawyers at a time).

The starting salary is around 35.

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In law firms, the demand is high, and the administrative assistants here have specific training, so the pay is higher. (as much as 50-60 for very experienced assistants working for senior lawyers or multiple lawyers at a time).
Yes sir!

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Yes sir!
Trust me (coming from a lawyer) these people are indispensable!

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Hi DJ, could you give me some information about this job?

You can email me at soclassy11@gmail.com ; my PMs currently don't work.
I will communicate with you later tonight

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Trust me (coming from a lawyer) these people are indispensable!
I know....I'm one of them (as a paralegal/assistant)......making the big bucks as well....I mean not as much as a lawyer though....

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Thanks guys. I really need money right now so if they offer me around 35 I will take it for sure. The location is amazing too, and they said the job is just a stepping stone into the company so there is advancement potential there. With 35 I can afford my mortgage so that's all I really care about at the moment.
Here are the results from the Salary Centre on Monster.ca.

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When I was at the ministry of justice I had two of them, now I share one.

Trust me these people are god's gift to the world. In the US a good paralegal can make over six figures.

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I just got back from the interview...They really liked me and gave me the job on the spot. Offered me 35 + opportunity for increase in 3 months. I took it! So I'm finally employed again!

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How did you take a mortgage without a job?

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How did you take a mortgage without a job?
I had a job when I got the mortgage, and also I had someone co-sign with me.

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Oh. Well congrats on getting the job and all. You should keep looking just in case by the way, you never know when your big break might come at this new place. People lie.

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Oh. Well congrats on getting the job and all. You should keep looking just in case by the way, you never know when your big break might come at this new place. People lie.
Yeah of course, I know. But I'm going to give this place at least 3-6 months before starting to look elsewhere.

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Congrats WD.... When do you start??

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What does the company do?

And more importantly, will you have Internet access?

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Congrats WD.... When do you start??
Either the 18th or the 25th, they'll call me tomorrow to confirm.

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What does the company do?

And more importantly, will you have Internet access?
Basically they do R&D and consulting for electrical companies all around the world. Most of the people there are engineers so they need some commerce people to run the business and whatnot.

I will definitely have internet access...Obviously. I'll be on here all the time as per usual.

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