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

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2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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8,330.1 8,370.4 (P) 8,366.6 (P) 8,380.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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7,639.3 7,575.0 (P) 7,212.1  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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10.7% 10.5% 11.8% 10.5%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

39,440

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

885,700

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

527,420

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

513,340

Office clerks, general

300,740

Security guards

666,750

(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

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2014
Nov.
2014
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2014
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2015

Average hourly earnings

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$18.36 $18.52 $18.48 (P) $18.67

Average weekly hours

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34.9 35.0 34.7 (P) 34.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$16.19 $16.31 $16.27 (P) $16.37

Average weekly hours

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34.5 34.4 34.2 (P) 33.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

23.74 25.04 49,370 52,080

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

9.92 11.11 20,620 23,110

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

9.90 11.20 20,580 23,300

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

11.63 12.56 24,180 26,130

Office clerks, general

12.82 13.77 26,660 28,630

Security guards

11.10 12.55 23,090 26,110

(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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

243 302 294 (P) 286

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

 

Total recordable cases

(1) 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.5

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

(1) 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.3

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009
(P) Preliminary

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

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4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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466,586 (P) 465,598 (P) 471,425 (P) 476,242

Local government

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2,095 (P) 2,095 (P) 2,117 (P) 2,121

State government

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577 (P) 595 (P) 596 (P) 597

Federal government

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117 (P) 131 (P) 132 (P) 130

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See employment services in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: March 27, 2015