Being detail oriented, excellent at communication, organised and able to learn new skills quickly can help you move up in the world of administrative jobs. While most admin jobs are junior to intermediate when it comes to level and pay, they can be a gateway to specialised roles. And those roles can come with very competitive pay and benefits. 

Read on to find out more about six of the highest paying administrative roles and what skills and experience are needed to succeed.

Highest paid admin jobs (UK):

Executive assistant

Executive assistants (EA)s directly support people in executive-level positions, such as CEOs, CFOs or corporate vice presidents. Responsibilities depend on your employer and industry but can include tasks such as managing multiple calendars and schedules, conducting research and creating presentations, handling departmental expenses, greeting clients and overseeing administrative processes or even junior admin staff. 

A common path to executive assistant roles is climbing the admin assistant ladder. Proving yourself in junior and then intermediate roles lets you get the attention of employers, who may be more than willing to fill open executive assistant positions with in-house staff who already know the team and the ropes. Some companies also look for candidates with education, ranging from relevant certificates or two-year degree programs to bachelor's degrees.

On average, executive assistants start around £44,000 a year. But someone with five to 10 years of experience could make up to £70,000 or more. Bilingual candidates may also be able to make more. 

Legal secretary

Legal secretaries or Executive legal assistants are executive assistants that work in law firms or corporate legal departments. This role is similar to a general executive assistant but more specialised, typically demanding some knowledge of certain areas of the law and the ability to support lawyers and other professional legal staff.

Specialising can help you seek a higher pay rate. Legal secretary salaries average around £38,000.

  • Browse the latest legal secretary jobs here.

Office manager

Office managers oversee the day-to-day work in an office environment, making this a position that's common in a variety of industries. You might be an office manager in a medical practice, a small business, or a warehouse office, for example. Office managers might oversee processes and equipment or supervise junior office staff such as receptionists and clerks.

The varied range of office manager job types is reflected in an average pay range that runs from around £30,000 to £50,000 annually. Office managers with experience, those that work in larger firms or those that manage a lot of people might make more, in central London for example, up to £60,000 per year. 

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The job of an accountant is typically considered a finance role, but in small or midsize businesses, financial and administrative roles may be merged. Companies looking to streamline processes might want an accounting professional who also has the skills to organise schedules and oversee junior administrative staff.

In these cases, businesses may be looking for someone with an accounting or financial degree or certificate and proven administrative skills or experience. 

Pay rates for these positions vary widely and depend on the actual job requirements. Starting salaries might average between £30,000 and £60,000 annually and rise to £85,000 when chartered status has been achieved. 

  • Discover the latest accountant roles here.

Claims supervisor

Claims supervisors typically work for insurance or government agencies. They oversee the teams and processes by which claims are approved or denied. Depending on their employer, claims supervisors might work with auto, home, life, property or health claims, overseeing processes that include appraisals, investigations, reviews of records and final determinations on claims. Claims supervisors might oversee small teams of specialists or entire claims departments.

This is an administrative role you might work your way into as you excel in junior claims-related positions. You could also get hired into this role if you have applicable education, which might include degrees in areas such as finance, business management or risk management.

Claims supervisors enjoy an average salary of £37,000 annually. 

  • Browse the current claims supervisor vacancies here.

Property manager

Property managers oversee the administrative functions associated with owning, renting or managing various properties. This job might range from managing such processes in a high-end condo complex to overseeing processes for a firm that owns multiple commercial properties.

While the task load can vary, responsibilities might include processing client leases, advertising rental spaces, overseeing work orders and handling day-to-day office activities. Property managers don't necessarily need a degree, though a degree or certificate related to real estate might help you land one of these positions.

Property managers earn on average £38,000 per year depending on where they're employed and with what type of firm. With five to 10 years of experience, property managers can make as much as £60,000 or more.

  • Apply for the latest property manager jobs here.