One of the most high-profile yet most difficult jobs to find is that of a celebrity assistant. Because of busy lives that include exhausting travel and work schedules, trying to satisfy business and family demands and fan requests, celebrities often employ personal assistants whose duties may range from arranging childcare for a celebrity's kids to answering calls. Salaries for these assistants depend on who they work for and their own experience.
Celebrity assistants earn an average of $56,000 annually, according to National Public Radio, which cites a 2008 survey performed by the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants. In a 2007 article for CNN Money titled "Personal Assistants: Not Just for J. Lo," Jill Glist, whose company Lambent Services hires assistants for celebrities, states that assistants may earn between $60,000 and $80,000 yearly. She adds that celebrity assistants working for A-list stars may earn between $120,000 and $150,000 annually.
In spite of the average salaries reported for celebrity assistants, celebrity personal assistant Brian Daniel depicts, in his article for Selfgrowth.com, how much their salaries can vary. Daniel states that personal assistants for "super-famous" celebrities can expect to earn $150,000 or more annually. In fact, he adds that it is not uncommon for a celebrity assistant to earn as much as $250,000 annually.
A Closer Look
A former personal assistant for actor Ben Stiller in 2001 explains that he received a starting salary of $650 per week and was promised as much as $1,000 per week with health benefits after three months, in an article for Wallet Pop titled "The Life of a Celebrity Assistant." In contrast -- and in the same article -- a former assistant for actress Courtney Love earned only $15 per hour as did Ninie Papadatos who worked for actress Lisa Rinna.
In addition to their salaries, celebrity assistants may receive additional non-monetary rewards for their work. Among the many perks that celebrity assistants receive are free travel and lodging accommodations when their bosses travel. Additionally, they may receive free products from companies endorsed by the celebrity. Some personal assistants may receive bonuses and cash incentives as well as backstage passes to concerts and movie premieres.