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Administrative and Support Services: NAICS 561

About the Administrative and Support Services subsector

The administrative and support services subsector is part of the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector.

Industries in the Administrative and Support Services subsector group establishments engaged in activities that support the day-to-day operations of other organizations. The processes employed in this sector (e.g., general management, personnel administration, clerical activities, cleaning activities) are often integral parts of the activities of establishments found in all sectors of the economy. The establishments classified in this subsector have specialization in one or more of these activities and can, therefore, provide services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. The individual industries of this subsector are defined on the basis of the particular process that they are engaged in and the particular services they provide.

North American Industry Classification System

The administrative and support services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Office Administrative Services: NAICS 5611
  • Facilities Support Services: NAICS 5612
  • Employment Services: NAICS 5613
  • Business Support Services: NAICS 5614
  • Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services: NAICS 5615
  • Investigation and Security Services: NAICS 5616
  • Services to Buildings and Dwellings: NAICS 5617
  • Other Support Services: NAICS 5619

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in administrative and support services. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

Data series Back
data
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

7,996.2 8,175.8 (p)8,257.0 (p)8,352.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

7,214.5 7,464.5 (p)7,510.3  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

10.2% 9.5% 9.6% 10.9%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

31,120

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

962,210

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

661,510

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

579,590

Office clerks, general

264,230

Security guards

714,240

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for administrative and support services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in administrative and support services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$22.41 $22.50 $22.44 (p)$22.55

Average weekly hours

35.6 34.3 35.4 (p)35.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$20.09 $20.24 $20.15 (p)$20.30

Average weekly hours

35.3 33.8 35.2 (p)35.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

28.37 29.23 59,010 60,790

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

12.34 13.41 25,660 27,900

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

12.56 13.71 26,120 28,520

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

14.83 15.56 30,840 32,360

Office clerks, general

15.16 16.39 31,520 34,100

Security guards

13.69 15.08 28,480 31,370

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in administrative and support services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

381 402 413 432

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.2

Cases involving days away from work

0.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.4

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in administrative and support services.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

542,440 547,972 (p)549,134 (p)552,932

Local government

2,230 2,244 (p)2,238 (p)2,256

State government

530 530 (p)528 (p)534

Federal government

136 140 (p)140 (p)137

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: January 15, 2021