Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,085,680 0.3 % $16.13 $33,560 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.72 $12.33 $15.58 $19.41 $23.33
Annual Wage (2) $20,230 $25,650 $32,410 $40,360 $48,520


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 221,040 2.67 $16.36 $34,030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 114,400 3.94 $17.22 $35,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 106,550 1.95 $17.71 $36,830
Employment Services 72,740 2.34 $15.51 $32,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 61,760 1.18 $17.14 $35,650

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 Real Estate Agents and Brokers 34,830 13.17 $14.23 $29,600
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 2,190 11.20 $15.50 $32,250
Religious Organizations 17,000 9.23 $14.36 $29,870
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 29,520 6.99 $16.67 $34,670
Death Care Services 9,190 6.91 $13.79 $28,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 780 0.12 $26.37 $54,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 20,080 0.98 $22.77 $47,360
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 210 1.27 $20.87 $43,420
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5,100 0.88 $20.66 $42,980
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,430 0.91 $20.44 $42,520


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 192,830 22.57 1.41 $17.54 $36,470
California 192,180 13.44 0.84 $18.35 $38,170
Texas 175,880 16.62 1.04 $14.91 $31,020
Florida 145,070 19.94 1.25 $14.65 $30,480
Pennsylvania 102,120 18.25 1.14 $15.43 $32,090




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)
New Mexico 20,820 26.91 1.68 $13.79 $28,680
Colorado 58,560 26.31 1.64 $16.65 $34,640
Montana 10,630 24.59 1.54 $13.65 $28,390
Mississippi 24,840 22.99 1.44 $13.60 $28,290
New York 192,830 22.57 1.41 $17.54 $36,470




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 11,060 16.92 1.06 $22.71 $47,240
Massachusetts 45,900 14.33 0.90 $19.61 $40,780
Connecticut 32,270 19.91 1.24 $19.09 $39,700
New Jersey 57,890 15.26 0.95 $18.90 $39,300
California 192,180 13.44 0.84 $18.35 $38,170





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 107,410 20.83 1.30 $18.45 $38,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 54,640 14.12 0.88 $18.10 $37,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 45,190 12.41 0.78 $16.42 $34,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 42,190 15.98 1.00 $16.11 $33,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 34,520 18.94 1.18 $17.05 $35,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 31,730 13.54 0.85 $20.58 $42,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 31,700 25.92 1.62 $17.61 $36,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 29,750 13.15 0.82 $16.72 $34,770
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 29,610 24.06 1.50 $17.71 $36,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 29,440 14.04 0.88 $16.21 $33,710