Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers. Excludes legal, medical, and executive secretaries (43-6011 through 43-6013).


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)
1,955,570 0.3 % $15.87 $33,020 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.64 $12.19 $15.32 $18.96 $22.92
Annual Wage (2) $20,050 $25,350 $31,870 $39,440 $47,670


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 221,030 2.63 $16.16 $33,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 107,050 3.75 $16.74 $34,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 98,700 1.79 $17.30 $35,980
Employment Services 68,240 2.31 $15.55 $32,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 62,350 1.20 $16.77 $34,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 2,400 12.49 $15.38 $31,990
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 31,210 11.58 $14.14 $29,420
Religious Organizations 15,240 8.28 $14.10 $29,320
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 27,160 6.48 $16.43 $34,170
Death Care Services 8,220 6.23 $13.50 $28,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 830 0.13 $26.38 $54,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 21,990 1.07 $22.60 $47,010
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 300 0.19 $20.46 $42,550
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 270 1.35 $20.44 $42,510
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 800 0.51 $20.22 $42,050


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)
New York 184,610 21.91 1.44 $17.44 $36,280
Texas 165,820 16.09 1.06 $14.62 $30,400
California 160,970 11.47 0.75 $18.05 $37,540
Florida 144,980 20.27 1.33 $14.62 $30,410
Pennsylvania 94,080 16.95 1.11 $15.26 $31,750




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)
Colorado 57,000 26.16 1.72 $16.48 $34,270
New Mexico 19,390 24.94 1.64 $13.78 $28,670
Montana 9,920 23.34 1.53 $13.22 $27,510
Mississippi 24,750 23.06 1.51 $13.19 $27,440
Alabama 41,050 22.69 1.49 $15.38 $31,990




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 9,110 14.13 0.93 $23.06 $47,960
Massachusetts 41,800 13.24 0.87 $19.18 $39,890
Connecticut 31,700 19.71 1.29 $19.01 $39,540
Alaska 4,020 12.85 0.84 $18.80 $39,110
New Jersey 57,160 15.16 0.99 $18.79 $39,090





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 101,900 20.13 1.32 $18.52 $38,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 47,700 12.48 0.82 $17.76 $36,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 41,230 11.51 0.75 $16.68 $34,680
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 37,720 14.78 0.97 $15.79 $32,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 32,080 17.67 1.16 $16.95 $35,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 29,850 24.69 1.62 $17.43 $36,260
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 28,910 24.08 1.58 $17.43 $36,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 27,730 13.56 0.89 $15.88 $33,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 25,480 11.44 0.75 $15.54 $32,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 24,980 10.81 0.71 $20.68 $43,010