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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of secretaries and administrative assistants from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |