Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
2,159,000 0.3 % $16.35 $34,000 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.79 $12.46 $15.79 $19.75 $23.73
Annual Wage (2) $20,370 $25,910 $32,840 $41,070 $49,370


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 222,220 2.68 $16.57 $34,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 118,730 4.05 $17.58 $36,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 109,660 2.00 $17.82 $37,070
Employment Services 79,170 2.42 $15.78 $32,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 62,050 1.18 $17.62 $36,650

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 38,080 13.89 $14.52 $30,200
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 2,430 11.90 $15.93 $33,140
Religious Organizations 17,410 9.38 $14.43 $30,020
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 31,000 7.31 $17.05 $35,450
Land Subdivision 2,880 7.27 $17.16 $35,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 740 0.12 $26.61 $55,340
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 290 1.70 $23.07 $47,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 18,660 0.93 $22.88 $47,590
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5,350 0.89 $21.10 $43,890
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 250 0.14 $20.83 $43,340


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 206,410 14.03 0.86 $18.39 $38,260
New York 192,330 22.27 1.37 $17.99 $37,420
Texas 179,680 16.46 1.01 $15.13 $31,470
Florida 152,850 20.51 1.26 $14.61 $30,380
Pennsylvania 104,140 18.54 1.14 $15.73 $32,720




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 21,560 27.51 1.69 $13.90 $28,900
Colorado 60,330 26.29 1.61 $16.94 $35,240
Montana 10,440 23.78 1.46 $13.76 $28,620
Maryland 59,670 23.54 1.45 $18.07 $37,590
Mississippi 25,210 23.27 1.43 $14.03 $29,190




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 12,140 18.23 1.12 $23.06 $47,960
Massachusetts 46,840 14.38 0.88 $20.07 $41,750
Connecticut 33,300 20.36 1.25 $19.11 $39,750
New Jersey 60,970 15.96 0.98 $19.01 $39,540
California 206,410 14.03 0.86 $18.39 $38,260





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 107,230 20.46 1.26 $19.00 $39,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 60,250 15.16 0.93 $18.27 $37,990
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 45,600 12.32 0.76 $16.95 $35,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 42,140 15.28 0.94 $16.39 $34,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 34,730 14.67 0.90 $20.61 $42,870
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 34,180 18.58 1.14 $17.47 $36,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 32,320 14.00 0.86 $16.85 $35,040
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 31,500 24.59 1.51 $17.96 $37,360
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 31,150 25.21 1.55 $18.18 $37,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 31,030 14.44 0.89 $16.42 $34,140