Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,254,820 0.4 % $17.75 $36,920 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.63 $13.45 $17.11 $21.61 $26.14
Annual Wage (2) $22,110 $27,990 $35,590 $44,950 $54,370


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 240,460 2.84 $17.91 $37,260
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 122,890 4.07 $19.01 $39,550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 122,830 2.25 $19.57 $40,700
Real Estate 97,920 6.22 $16.51 $34,350
Employment Services 78,000 2.17 $17.36 $36,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

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 4,440 15.60 $19.13 $39,790
Other Investment Pools and Funds 640 8.99 $19.77 $41,130
Religious Organizations 16,500 8.52 $15.81 $32,890
Death Care Services 10,040 7.34 $15.26 $31,730
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 29,020 6.65 $18.45 $38,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 780 0.12 $27.92 $58,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 13,220 0.65 $24.34 $50,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,220 1.08 $22.53 $46,870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,190 0.46 $22.43 $46,640
Natural Gas Distribution 1,000 0.89 $22.18 $46,140


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 239,080 14.32 0.91 $20.19 $41,990
New York 187,490 20.36 1.29 $19.32 $40,190
Texas 180,730 15.20 0.96 $16.76 $34,870
Florida 157,460 18.70 1.18 $16.46 $34,230
Pennsylvania 99,300 17.18 1.09 $16.97 $35,290




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 25,480 31.81 2.01 $16.40 $34,120
Missouri 74,730 26.80 1.69 $16.15 $33,590
Alabama 45,730 23.79 1.50 $16.72 $34,790
Alaska 7,180 22.58 1.43 $19.36 $40,270
Maryland 58,670 22.02 1.39 $19.21 $39,950




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 14,810 20.91 1.32 $23.57 $49,030
Massachusetts 43,240 12.26 0.77 $22.00 $45,760
Connecticut 31,170 18.84 1.19 $21.51 $44,750
California 239,080 14.32 0.91 $20.19 $41,990
Washington 36,510 11.46 0.72 $20.10 $41,810



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 126,900 18.96 1.20 $20.14 $41,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 68,690 15.50 0.98 $20.03 $41,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 43,120 14.72 0.93 $18.10 $37,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 42,560 11.62 0.73 $18.71 $38,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 36,920 14.65 0.93 $21.77 $45,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 36,810 14.05 0.89 $17.61 $36,620
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 33,800 13.56 0.86 $18.51 $38,500
St. Louis, MO-IL 31,550 23.26 1.47 $17.38 $36,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30,630 15.47 0.98 $17.56 $36,520
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30,330 22.30 1.41 $19.34 $40,220