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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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

Perform routine 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 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
Industry profile for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
Geographic profile for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

National estimates for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,825,980 0.5 % $ 19.75 $ 41,080 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.56 $ 14.52 $ 18.21 $ 22.87 $ 28.61
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,200 $ 30,210 $ 37,880 $ 47,570 $ 59,500


Industry profile for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 223,680 2.76 $ 19.22 $ 39,970
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 109,810 2.04 $ 22.02 $ 45,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 103,190 3.46 $ 20.55 $ 42,750
Real Estate 69,100 4.13 $ 18.29 $ 38,050
Employment Services 58,610 1.68 $ 18.93 $ 39,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

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 3,550 15.12 $ 19.87 $ 41,340
Religious Organizations 14,040 7.83 $ 17.97 $ 37,380
Death Care Services 7,590 5.74 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
Other Investment Pools and Funds 670 5.33 $ 19.21 $ 39,950
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 21,130 5.15 $ 20.56 $ 42,760

Top paying industries for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 780 0.12 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 200 0.94 $ 28.50 $ 59,280
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,350 0.44 $ 26.26 $ 54,630
Metal Ore Mining 260 0.63 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
Natural Gas Distribution 900 0.82 $ 25.46 $ 52,950


Geographic profile for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 172,560 10.44 0.81 $ 23.04 $ 47,930
New York 157,250 18.14 1.40 $ 21.43 $ 44,570
Texas 155,450 12.71 0.98 $ 18.32 $ 38,110
Florida 113,450 13.18 1.02 $ 18.24 $ 37,930
Pennsylvania 85,310 15.28 1.18 $ 19.02 $ 39,570


Map of location quotient of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 27,640 35.59 2.75 $ 18.52 $ 38,520
Alabama 45,890 23.80 1.84 $ 18.02 $ 37,490
Kansas 27,750 20.72 1.60 $ 16.99 $ 35,340
District of Columbia 13,340 20.14 1.55 $ 24.85 $ 51,690
Missouri 54,050 19.81 1.53 $ 17.32 $ 36,020


Map of annual mean wages of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 13,340 20.14 1.55 $ 24.85 $ 51,690
Massachusetts 38,220 11.26 0.87 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Connecticut 24,960 15.86 1.22 $ 23.67 $ 49,230
Washington 33,400 10.42 0.80 $ 23.16 $ 48,170
California 172,560 10.44 0.81 $ 23.04 $ 47,930



Map of employment of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 144,400 16.64 1.28 $ 22.13 $ 46,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 65,350 11.43 0.88 $ 22.40 $ 46,580
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 45,760 10.81 0.83 $ 21.92 $ 45,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40,520 11.29 0.87 $ 19.42 $ 40,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 39,950 15.05 1.16 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 37,980 15.49 1.19 $ 18.95 $ 39,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 37,550 12.80 0.99 $ 23.41 $ 48,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 36,690 12.66 0.98 $ 18.96 $ 39,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 36,060 13.93 1.08 $ 18.54 $ 38,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 29,310 11.34 0.87 $ 24.38 $ 50,700


Map of location quotient of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Fe, NM 2,090 37.19 2.87 $ 19.99 $ 41,590
Las Cruces, NM 2,490 36.49 2.82 $ 17.34 $ 36,070
Albuquerque, NM 12,550 34.44 2.66 $ 19.08 $ 39,690
Farmington, NM 1,410 34.29 2.65 $ 18.41 $ 38,300
Carson City, NV 1,010 33.82 2.61 $ 19.85 $ 41,280
Jefferson City, MO 2,130 29.32 2.26 $ 15.43 $ 32,100
Ithaca, NY 1,350 29.04 2.24 $ 22.86 $ 47,540
Montgomery, AL 3,960 25.76 1.99 $ 17.65 $ 36,720
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 1,920 25.75 1.99 $ 18.00 $ 37,440
Mobile, AL 4,130 25.40 1.96 $ 17.72 $ 36,860