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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,880
25th Percentile Wage
$43,770
50th Percentile Wage
$55,860
75th Percentile Wage
$70,190
90th Percentile Wage
$83,070

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 $83,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,880. We 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,8604.46%14.97%
201553,3703.93%-
201451,2703.86%-
201349,2903.63%-
201247,500--

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 information sector with an annual salary $61,960. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $47,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$61,960
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,200
Utilities
$60,910
Finance and Insurance
$59,850
Mining
$59,470
Wholesale Trade
$57,200
Manufacturing
$56,730
Construction
$56,570
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$56,080
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$54,790
Educational Services
$53,050
Retail Trade
$51,860
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$51,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,020
Accommodation and Food Services
$48,790
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$47,780

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 $28,760 to $69,940. The highest paying state for executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is New York with a median annual salary of $69,940. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,760. 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
New York
$69,940
Connecticut
$68,400
District of Columbia
$66,080
Maryland
$65,860
California
$63,690
New Jersey
$63,610
Rhode Island
$60,010
Massachusetts
$59,070
Delaware
$58,250
Virginia
$58,240
Washington
$58,120
Alaska
$57,330
Nevada
$55,590
Texas
$55,470
New Mexico
$55,410
Pennsylvania
$54,980
New Hampshire
$54,810
Alabama
$54,750
Illinois
$53,350
Michigan
$53,300
Missouri
$52,530
Hawaii
$52,470
Oregon
$52,250
Georgia
$52,000
Minnesota
$51,920
Colorado
$51,770
Ohio
$51,190
North Carolina
$50,260
Wisconsin
$49,650
Arizona
$49,570
Florida
$48,970
Vermont
$48,490
South Carolina
$48,370
North Dakota
$47,390
Montana
$47,080
Maine
$47,060
Utah
$46,350
Kansas
$45,790
Tennessee
$45,300
Arkansas
$45,280
Iowa
$45,100
Kentucky
$44,690
West Virginia
$44,650
Indiana
$44,620
Virgin Islands
$44,560
Wyoming
$44,220
Nebraska
$43,040
Oklahoma
$42,740
Louisiana
$39,520
Idaho
$38,440
South Dakota
$37,420
Mississippi
$36,540
Guam
$29,720
Puerto Rico
$28,760


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