Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
509,640 0.8 % $15.71 $32,670 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.53 $12.53 $15.07 $18.15 $22.06
Annual Wage (2) $21,890 $26,060 $31,350 $37,740 $45,880


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 183,620 7.73 $15.37 $31,970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 134,080 2.56 $15.58 $32,410
Offices of Dentists 74,520 8.79 $17.77 $36,960
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 44,480 6.19 $14.12 $29,380
Outpatient Care Centers 19,480 3.04 $15.56 $32,370

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 74,520 8.79 $17.77 $36,960
Offices of Physicians 183,620 7.73 $15.37 $31,970
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 44,480 6.19 $14.12 $29,380
Outpatient Care Centers 19,480 3.04 $15.56 $32,370
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,180 2.63 $15.66 $32,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 230 0.01 $19.61 $40,790
Insurance Carriers 230 0.02 $17.94 $37,320
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 790 0.07 $17.87 $37,170
Offices of Dentists 74,520 8.79 $17.77 $36,960
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 100 0.03 $17.21 $35,800


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)
Texas 72,700 6.87 1.76 $14.44 $30,040
California 69,470 4.86 1.24 $17.86 $37,150
Ohio 38,040 7.53 1.92 $14.47 $30,100
Pennsylvania 20,290 3.63 0.93 $14.91 $31,020
Massachusetts 18,510 5.78 1.48 $18.30 $38,060




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 4,350 10.72 2.74 $15.27 $31,770
Oregon 14,830 9.21 2.35 $16.36 $34,040
Ohio 38,040 7.53 1.92 $14.47 $30,100
Missouri 18,340 7.04 1.80 $14.46 $30,070
Rhode Island 3,150 6.96 1.78 $17.35 $36,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,070 3.36 0.86 $19.37 $40,280
Washington 14,320 5.18 1.32 $18.82 $39,150
District of Columbia 1,210 1.85 0.47 $18.65 $38,790
New Jersey 13,360 3.52 0.90 $18.44 $38,360
Massachusetts 18,510 5.78 1.48 $18.30 $38,060





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 19,020 7.20 1.84 $15.49 $32,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,510 4.78 1.22 $17.50 $36,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 14,260 6.80 1.74 $15.81 $32,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 11,620 6.72 1.72 $14.99 $31,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,850 5.17 1.32 $19.41 $40,380
St. Louis, MO-IL 8,350 6.55 1.67 $15.50 $32,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,250 3.65 0.93 $16.15 $33,600
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 7,970 8.02 2.05 $15.15 $31,510
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 7,810 7.79 1.99 $17.18 $35,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,620 5.40 1.38 $18.61 $38,700