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Salary of Office and Administrative Support Occupations

The average annual salary of office and administrative support occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all office and administrative support occupations in the United States. The office and administrative support occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Office and Administrative Support Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,700
25th Percentile Wage
$25,760
50th Percentile Wage
$34,050
75th Percentile Wage
$45,550
90th Percentile Wage
$59,190

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for office and administrative support occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) office and administrative support occupations is $59,190. The median annual salary is $34,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of office and administrative support occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201634,0502.50%7.46%
201533,2002.05%-
201432,5201.57%-
201332,0101.56%-
201231,510--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Office and Administrative Support Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all office and administrative support occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among office and administrative support professions and range from $22,070 to $58,110. The highest paid office and administrative support occupations are postal service mail carriers with a median annual salary of $58,110. The lowest paid office and administrative support occupations in the United States are hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks with a median annual salary of $22,070. For more salary information about a specific office and administrative support profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Postal Service Mail Carriers
$58,110
Postal Service Workers
$56,790
Postal Service Clerks
$56,790
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$56,220
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
$55,860
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
$54,340
Brokerage Clerks
$49,200
Statistical Assistants
$46,850
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
$46,760
Legal Secretaries
$44,180
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
$43,350
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
$42,390
Computer Operators
$42,270
Cargo and Freight Agents
$41,920
Procurement Clerks
$41,410
Desktop Publishers
$41,090
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other
$39,640
Other Financial Clerks
$39,540
Information and Record Clerks, All Other
$39,260
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
$39,020
Meter Readers, Utilities
$38,940
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
$38,870
Word Processors and Typists
$38,740
Loan Interviewers and Clerks
$38,630
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
$38,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
$38,390
Dispatchers
$38,260
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
$37,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
$37,230
Telephone Operators
$37,000
Proofreaders and Copy Markers
$36,960
Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks
$36,930
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
$36,670
Correspondence Clerks
$36,370
Billing and Posting Clerks
$36,150
Financial Clerks
$35,840
Bill and Account Collectors
$35,350
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
$35,230
New Accounts Clerks
$34,990
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
$34,820
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
$34,020
Medical Secretaries
$33,730
Order Clerks
$33,370
Customer Service Representatives
$32,300
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
$32,150
Data Entry and Information Processing Workers
$31,980
Information and Record Clerks
$31,690
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
$31,590
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
$31,180
Office Clerks, General
$30,580
Office Machine Operators (Except Computer)
$30,460
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
$30,430
Data Entry Keyers
$30,100
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators (Except Postal Service)
$29,160
File Clerks
$29,090
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping
$28,790
Communications Equipment Operators
$28,640
Couriers and Messengers
$28,170
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
$28,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks
$27,920
Tellers
$27,260
Gaming Cage Workers
$25,990
Library Assistants, Clerical
$25,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
$23,840
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
$22,070