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Secretaries and Administrative Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of secretaries and administrative assistants are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of secretaries and administrative assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The secretaries and 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. Secretaries and Administrative Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,930
25th Percentile Wage
$28,960
50th Percentile Wage
$37,230
75th Percentile Wage
$48,830
90th Percentile Wage
$62,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for secretaries and administrative assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) secretaries and administrative assistants is $62,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,930. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 171% 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 secretaries and administrative assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201637,2301.96%5.10%
201536,5001.45%-
201435,9700.86%-
201335,6600.93%-
201235,330--

Table 2. Secretaries and Administrative Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of secretaries and 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 secretaries and administrative assistants occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $48,530. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $30,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$48,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$47,920
Information
$46,040
Finance and Insurance
$43,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,660
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,060
Mining
$39,760
Manufacturing
$38,890
Educational Services
$38,080
Wholesale Trade
$35,980
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,890
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,180
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,170
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,560
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,380
Construction
$34,340
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,230
Retail Trade
$31,670
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$30,260


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