Cost of personal assistant services

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.

Where does this pricing data come from?

All prices stated in the above article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Personal Assistants on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Personal assistant services prices from real customers

Margaret from SA
Margaret’s husband recorded his life story on tape. She needed a personal assistant to transcribe them.
TOTAL COST: $1,500
Nilesh from SA
He hired a personal assistant to transfer and re-type a 200-page document into Microsoft Word.
TOTAL COST: $975
Roxley from NSW
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
Word processing $200
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.

Tasks involved

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.

Timeline

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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