Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-6013 Medical Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
502,850 0.8 % $15.59 $32,430 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.29 $12.34 $14.93 $18.11 $22.05
Annual Wage (2) $21,410 $25,660 $31,060 $37,660 $45,860


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 184,890 7.89 $15.18 $31,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 132,350 2.55 $15.58 $32,400
Offices of Dentists 74,840 8.96 $17.66 $36,740
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 43,050 6.25 $14.00 $29,110
Outpatient Care Centers 18,000 2.94 $15.57 $32,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 74,840 8.96 $17.66 $36,740
Offices of Physicians 184,890 7.89 $15.18 $31,560
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 43,050 6.25 $14.00 $29,110
Outpatient Care Centers 18,000 2.94 $15.57 $32,380
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,250 2.72 $15.66 $32,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 40 0.01 $22.30 $46,390
State Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $19.18 $39,900
Offices of Dentists 74,840 8.96 $17.66 $36,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 480 0.08 $17.38 $36,150
Insurance Carriers 160 0.01 $17.15 $35,670


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 77,610 5.53 1.41 $17.17 $35,710
Texas 60,400 5.86 1.50 $14.23 $29,610
Ohio 38,660 7.77 1.98 $14.16 $29,460
Missouri 20,640 7.97 2.03 $14.45 $30,060
Massachusetts 20,590 6.52 1.66 $18.90 $39,310




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 4,520 11.20 2.86 $15.29 $31,810
Oregon 14,800 9.33 2.38 $16.13 $33,540
Missouri 20,640 7.97 2.03 $14.45 $30,060
Ohio 38,660 7.77 1.98 $14.16 $29,460
Rhode Island 3,030 6.73 1.72 $17.40 $36,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,010 1.57 0.40 $19.36 $40,280
Alaska 1,040 3.31 0.84 $19.20 $39,940
Massachusetts 20,590 6.52 1.66 $18.90 $39,310
Washington 16,100 5.92 1.51 $18.86 $39,220
New Jersey 13,260 3.52 0.90 $18.25 $37,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 20,030 5.24 1.34 $16.53 $34,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 15,330 6.01 1.53 $15.09 $31,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 11,910 5.82 1.49 $15.76 $32,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 10,720 6.40 1.63 $20.38 $42,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,390 4.66 1.19 $16.00 $33,280
St. Louis, MO-IL 8,770 6.91 1.76 $15.65 $32,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 8,480 6.87 1.75 $16.62 $34,570
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 8,170 8.35 2.13 $15.01 $31,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,100 4.77 1.22 $15.71 $32,670
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 8,030 5.79 1.48 $17.74 $36,900