Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
1,841,020 0.4 % $15.38 $32,000 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.47 $11.88 $14.82 $18.35 $22.32
Annual Wage (2) $19,690 $24,710 $30,830 $38,160 $46,430


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 218,600 2.56 $15.76 $32,790
Local Government (OES Designation) 97,140 1.74 $16.87 $35,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 95,210 3.36 $16.42 $34,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 63,260 1.23 $16.29 $33,880
State Government (OES Designation) 57,880 2.52 $16.13 $33,550

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 2,160 11.60 $15.89 $33,060
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 28,920 10.48 $13.85 $28,810
Religious Organizations 13,810 7.49 $13.80 $28,710
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 24,860 5.86 $15.80 $32,870
Death Care Services 7,710 5.85 $13.21 $27,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 950 0.14 $26.03 $54,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 23,250 1.14 $22.56 $46,930
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 690 0.44 $20.37 $42,370
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 290 0.19 $19.80 $41,180
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 210 1.06 $19.46 $40,470


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)
New York 176,200 21.12 1.46 $16.72 $34,780
Texas 163,270 16.18 1.12 $14.05 $29,220
Florida 144,450 20.33 1.40 $14.28 $29,700
California 123,950 8.85 0.61 $17.76 $36,940
Pennsylvania 88,720 16.18 1.12 $14.74 $30,650




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)
Colorado 54,600 25.31 1.75 $16.07 $33,430
Montana 9,880 23.28 1.61 $13.11 $27,260
Mississippi 24,920 23.28 1.61 $12.74 $26,510
Wyoming 6,190 22.95 1.58 $13.84 $28,780
New Mexico 17,530 22.54 1.56 $14.08 $29,280




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 9,000 14.08 0.97 $23.19 $48,240
Massachusetts 40,680 13.04 0.90 $18.84 $39,180
Alaska 3,510 11.39 0.79 $18.60 $38,690
Connecticut 29,480 18.44 1.27 $18.54 $38,560
Minnesota 11,790 4.60 0.32 $17.95 $37,340

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 97,550 19.58 1.35 $17.79 $37,000
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 36,460 10.29 0.71 $16.44 $34,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 36,340 9.52 0.66 $17.33 $36,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 35,300 14.13 0.98 $14.85 $30,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 29,460 16.32 1.13 $16.32 $33,940
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 28,760 23.91 1.65 $16.67 $34,670
Denver-Aurora, CO 28,070 23.71 1.64 $16.85 $35,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 26,360 13.17 0.91 $15.28 $31,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 23,790 10.81 0.75 $14.85 $30,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 22,110 9.66 0.67 $20.97 $43,610




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)
Carson City, NV 1,040 37.95 2.62 $18.06 $37,550
Punta Gorda, FL 1,230 31.73 2.19 $13.51 $28,090
Grand Junction, CO 1,820 31.65 2.19 $14.37 $29,890
Ithaca, NY 1,480 30.14 2.08 $17.59 $36,580
Hattiesburg, MS 1,600 29.17 2.01 $11.75 $24,430
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 3,610 28.86 1.99 $15.26 $31,740
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 4,240 28.26 1.95 $13.47 $28,020
Montgomery, AL 4,460 28.23 1.95 $14.92 $31,040
Port St. Lucie, FL 3,310 28.13 1.94 $13.65 $28,390
Jackson, MS 6,660 27.41 1.89 $13.28 $27,630