Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff. Exclude "Secretaries" (43-6012 through 43-6014).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,361,170 0.4 % $21.16 $44,010 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.36 $16.20 $20.03 $25.12 $30.93
Annual Wage (2) $27,780 $33,700 $41,650 $52,240 $64,330


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 91,590 $20.72 $43,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 87,930 $22.03 $45,820
State Government (OES Designation) 62,180 $18.82 $39,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 58,490 $23.16 $48,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,990 $20.90 $43,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal Service 30 $30.71 $63,880
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,730 $27.82 $57,870
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 300 $27.28 $56,730
Tobacco Manufacturing 250 $27.03 $56,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 $26.76 $55,660


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 13,630 $23.86 $49,630 21.396
New York 131,430 $24.95 $51,890 15.486
Vermont 4,520 $19.52 $40,600 15.376
California 204,450 $23.04 $47,930 14.068
Alaska 4,230 $21.61 $44,960 13.720

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Jersey 24,310 $25.94 $53,950 6.314
New York 131,430 $24.95 $51,890 15.486
Maryland 24,110 $24.20 $50,330 9.630
Massachusetts 39,900 $23.86 $49,630 12.590
District of Columbia 13,630 $23.86 $49,630 21.396


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Durham, NC 7,250 $19.88 $41,340 26.303
Topeka, KS 2,450 $16.43 $34,170 22.301
Tallahassee, FL 3,530 $18.01 $37,460 21.885
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 19,430 $26.86 $55,870 19.768
Springfield, IL 1,940 $23.81 $49,530 18.310

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 19,430 $26.86 $55,870 19.768
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 86,900 $26.56 $55,250 17.163
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 6,820 $26.54 $55,210 6.993
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 14,290 $25.90 $53,870 16.070
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 6,370 $25.78 $53,630 6.486


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010