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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,650
25th Percentile Wage
$29,630
50th Percentile Wage
$37,870
75th Percentile Wage
$49,510
90th Percentile Wage
$62,870

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 $62,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,650. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 165% 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 secretaries and administrative assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$37,870
1.69% 6.71%
2016
$37,230
1.96% -
2015
$36,500
1.45% -
2014
$35,970
0.86% -
2013
$35,660
0.93% -
2012
$35,330
- -

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 $50,010. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $31,570).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$50,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$48,790
Information
$46,520
Finance and Insurance
$44,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,890
Manufacturing
$39,610
Educational Services
$38,780
Mining
$37,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,150
Wholesale Trade
$36,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,090
Transportation and Warehousing
$36,090
Accommodation and Food Services
$36,010
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,290
Construction
$35,190
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,030
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,860
Retail Trade
$32,220
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$31,570



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