Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-6013 Medical Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.


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)
494,650 0.8 % $15.30 $31,820 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.20 $12.16 $14.68 $17.86 $21.60
Annual Wage (2) $21,210 $25,300 $30,530 $37,160 $44,920


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)
Offices of Physicians 183,920 7.96 $14.83 $30,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 126,180 2.45 $15.29 $31,800
Offices of Dentists 75,430 9.16 $17.29 $35,960
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 41,800 6.28 $13.76 $28,610
Outpatient Care Centers 17,140 2.89 $15.18 $31,580

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 Dentists 75,430 9.16 $17.29 $35,960
Offices of Physicians 183,920 7.96 $14.83 $30,850
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 41,800 6.28 $13.76 $28,610
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 7,090 3.10 $15.49 $32,230
Outpatient Care Centers 17,140 2.89 $15.18 $31,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $20.00 $41,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,010 0.14 $17.46 $36,320
Offices of Dentists 75,430 9.16 $17.29 $35,960
Insurance Carriers 260 0.02 $17.24 $35,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 320 0.05 $17.07 $35,500


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 84,420 6.03 1.55 $16.26 $33,810
Texas 51,200 5.07 1.30 $14.08 $29,290
Ohio 37,960 7.71 1.98 $13.76 $28,620
Massachusetts 21,600 6.93 1.78 $18.52 $38,520
Missouri 21,560 8.33 2.14 $14.22 $29,570




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)
Delaware 4,140 10.42 2.68 $15.30 $31,820
Oregon 13,400 8.54 2.19 $15.89 $33,050
Missouri 21,560 8.33 2.14 $14.22 $29,570
Ohio 37,960 7.71 1.98 $13.76 $28,620
Massachusetts 21,600 6.93 1.78 $18.52 $38,520




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 1,110 1.74 0.45 $19.60 $40,770
Massachusetts 21,600 6.93 1.78 $18.52 $38,520
Alaska 930 3.01 0.77 $18.15 $37,760
Washington 17,740 6.59 1.69 $18.04 $37,530
Nevada 2,300 2.06 0.53 $17.87 $37,160

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 21,540 5.64 1.45 $15.44 $32,100
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,820 5.53 1.42 $14.90 $30,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 11,200 6.76 1.74 $19.92 $41,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,810 4.91 1.26 $15.80 $32,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,020 5.01 1.29 $15.40 $32,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,650 7.03 1.81 $15.96 $33,190
St. Louis, MO-IL 9,310 7.41 1.90 $15.22 $31,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 8,850 7.14 1.84 $16.22 $33,730
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 7,900 8.16 2.10 $14.82 $30,830
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 7,890 8.20 2.11 $16.92 $35,200




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 1,950 19.63 5.04 $18.61 $38,700
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 680 14.41 3.70 $13.12 $27,300
Medford, OR 960 13.06 3.36 $14.72 $30,630
Bend, OR 750 12.64 3.25 $15.31 $31,850
Columbia, MO 1,020 12.41 3.19 $14.04 $29,200
Dover, DE 680 11.79 3.03 $12.64 $26,290
New Bedford, MA 690 11.09 2.85 $15.65 $32,550
Mansfield, OH 490 9.86 2.54 $13.00 $27,030
Tyler, TX 890 9.81 2.52 $13.43 $27,930
Athens-Clarke County, GA 740 9.69 2.49 $14.49 $30,130