Last updated: 14th Mar 2017
Personal assistants charge around $32/hr, but actual costs vary depending on the scope of the job. Typically, rates range from as low as $28/hr to as high as $39/hr.
Personal assistant services prices from real customers
Margaret’s husband recorded his life story on tape. She needed a personal assistant to transcribe them.
TOTAL COST: $1,500
He hired a personal assistant to transfer and re-type a 200-page document into Microsoft Word.
TOTAL COST: $975
She needed someone to encode entries from bank statements onto a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The figures on the spreadsheet were required to balance with those on the statements.
TOTAL COST: $1,400
Costs of common personal assistant jobs
|Personal Assistant Task||Typical Quoted Prices|
|Write a CV||$150|
|Transfer PDF articles into Microsoft Word||$350|
|General office administration||$250|
|Typing the minutes of meetings||$180|
|Transcribe an audio interview||$250|
How several factors affect the cost of a job
Personal assistants have an extensive set of skills — from basic word processing to more complex jobs like entering financial data on multiple spreadsheets. Because of the variety of tasks they do, personal assistants charge differently.
This is usually the first thing that personal assistants take into account when quoting on a job. If you’re looking for someone to write a one or two-page resumé, it probably won’t cost much. However, expect to shell out more cash if the job has something to do with ongoing office administration and filing work.
Plenty of personal assistants charge hourly fees, so jobs that take longer to complete will naturally have higher costs. Personal assistants also charge more if the job is urgent due to the limited time available.
Experience and expertise
Personal assistants who are more experienced tend to charge higher rates because they have more skills and a higher level of expertise. Meanwhile, newbies typically charge less since they’re still gaining experience with different kinds of work.
Different locations, different rates
In Queensland, personal assistants charge around $30/hr. Meanwhile, their counterparts in Victoria provide their services at an average cost of $32/hr. In New South Wales and Western Australia, personal assistant services usually go for about $33/hr. At an average rate of $35/hr, personal assistants in South Australia charge the highest rate nationwide.
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Pricing information correct as at August 2016.
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