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Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,720
25th Percentile Wage
$44,960
50th Percentile Wage
$57,410
75th Percentile Wage
$72,080
90th Percentile Wage
$85,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is $85,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,720. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 138% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$57,410
2.70% 17.26%
2016
$55,860
4.46% -
2015
$53,370
3.93% -
2014
$51,270
3.86% -
2013
$49,290
3.63% -
2012
$47,500
- -

Table 2. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $64,680. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $48,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,680
Information
$64,620
Utilities
$62,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,860
Finance and Insurance
$61,120
Wholesale Trade
$59,460
Construction
$58,710
Manufacturing
$58,570
Mining
$58,500
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,880
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$56,820
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,730
Educational Services
$55,100
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$53,960
Retail Trade
$53,540
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,380
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,840
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,660
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$48,290

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $29,250 to $69,870. The highest paying state for executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $69,870. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $29,250. For more salary information of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$69,870
New York
$69,710
District of Columbia
$69,180
Maryland
$67,170
California
$66,580
New Jersey
$63,010
Rhode Island
$60,220
Virginia
$59,980
Delaware
$59,750
Massachusetts
$59,330
Nevada
$59,200
Washington
$58,820
New Mexico
$58,030
Alaska
$57,740
Alabama
$57,370
Texas
$57,180
Pennsylvania
$56,440
Missouri
$56,210
New Hampshire
$56,150
Georgia
$55,980
Michigan
$54,840
Illinois
$54,710
Hawaii
$54,510
Oregon
$53,980
Minnesota
$53,770
Ohio
$53,540
Wisconsin
$53,120
Colorado
$51,850
Vermont
$51,540
North Carolina
$51,280
South Carolina
$51,160
Arizona
$50,840
Tennessee
$49,760
Montana
$49,050
Florida
$48,980
Utah
$48,730
North Dakota
$48,380
Iowa
$47,840
Maine
$47,430
Kansas
$46,950
Virgin Islands
$46,810
Arkansas
$45,920
Kentucky
$45,820
Indiana
$45,510
West Virginia
$45,370
Wyoming
$44,980
Nebraska
$44,200
Oklahoma
$43,580
Idaho
$41,000
Louisiana
$40,190
South Dakota
$37,720
Guam
$36,830
Mississippi
$35,070
Puerto Rico
$29,250



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