Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
2,295,510 0.3 % $17.38 $36,140 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.32 $13.13 $16.74 $21.11 $25.51
Annual Wage (2) $21,470 $27,320 $34,820 $43,920 $53,060


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 238,280 2.83 $17.58 $36,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 126,580 4.21 $18.49 $38,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 119,620 2.22 $19.22 $39,970
Employment Services 86,090 2.38 $16.96 $35,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 61,540 1.14 $18.64 $38,770

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 43,360 14.43 $15.63 $32,520
Religious Organizations 16,950 8.84 $15.31 $31,840
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 420 8.54 $17.49 $36,380
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30,640 7.13 $18.17 $37,790
Death Care Services 9,710 7.11 $14.53 $30,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 770 0.12 $27.51 $57,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 14,540 0.72 $23.79 $49,480
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 390 2.18 $23.66 $49,200
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 40 0.96 $23.23 $48,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,620 0.53 $23.22 $48,300


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 222,500 13.94 0.85 $19.83 $41,240
New York 197,920 21.75 1.33 $18.99 $39,500
Texas 176,670 15.04 0.92 $16.30 $33,910
Florida 174,800 21.26 1.30 $16.09 $33,460
Pennsylvania 104,420 18.17 1.11 $16.79 $34,930




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 23,390 29.04 1.78 $15.96 $33,190
Missouri 76,060 27.58 1.69 $15.84 $32,940
Alabama 45,760 23.92 1.46 $16.51 $34,350
Maryland 61,760 23.39 1.43 $18.89 $39,300
New York 197,920 21.75 1.33 $18.99 $39,500




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 14,720 20.96 1.28 $23.01 $47,870
Massachusetts 43,310 12.52 0.77 $21.70 $45,130
Connecticut 31,850 19.12 1.17 $20.89 $43,460
New Jersey 60,300 15.25 0.93 $19.95 $41,500
California 222,500 13.94 0.85 $19.83 $41,240





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 128,950 19.58 1.20 $19.89 $41,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 61,000 14.45 0.88 $19.74 $41,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 46,050 12.66 0.77 $18.45 $38,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 42,230 14.39 0.88 $17.42 $36,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 37,180 14.93 0.91 $21.38 $44,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 34,930 13.68 0.84 $17.92 $37,260
St. Louis, MO-IL 34,820 25.89 1.58 $16.90 $35,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 32,350 13.31 0.81 $18.24 $37,930
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