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Secretaries and Administrative Assistant, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Salary Information

The salary statistics of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive 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, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,470
25th Percentile Wage
$27,320
50th Percentile Wage
$34,820
75th Percentile Wage
$43,920
90th Percentile Wage
$53,060

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is $53,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,470. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 147% 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, except legal, medical, and executive from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201634,8202.61%6.92%
201533,9101.98%-
201433,2401.20%-
201332,8401.31%-
201232,410--

Table 2. Secretaries and Administrative Assistant, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive 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, except legal, medical, and executive occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $42,600. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $28,990).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$42,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,240
Information
$38,380
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,000
Finance and Insurance
$36,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,140
Educational Services
$36,040
Mining
$35,880
Manufacturing
$35,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,190
Wholesale Trade
$33,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$33,230
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$33,110
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,690
Construction
$32,630
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$32,200
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$31,890
Retail Trade
$30,580
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$28,990

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive by States

From the above tables we note that not only secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive 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 secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,230 to $46,760. The highest paying state for secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $46,760. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,230. For more salary information of secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$46,760
Massachusetts
$44,430
Connecticut
$42,120
New Jersey
$40,400
Rhode Island
$39,890
California
$39,470
Washington
$39,440
New York
$38,860
Hawaii
$38,720
Maryland
$38,600
Minnesota
$38,600
Alaska
$38,290
Delaware
$37,250
North Dakota
$37,140
Nevada
$36,350
Colorado
$36,130
Wisconsin
$36,080
Virginia
$36,030
Oregon
$35,930
Wyoming
$34,840
New Hampshire
$34,680
North Carolina
$34,420
Illinois
$34,190
Pennsylvania
$34,150
Maine
$34,020
Georgia
$33,990
Vermont
$33,960
Ohio
$33,790
Michigan
$33,500
Arizona
$33,400
Alabama
$33,040
Texas
$32,400
Guam
$32,020
Florida
$31,960
Iowa
$31,910
Nebraska
$31,890
Missouri
$31,870
Utah
$31,700
New Mexico
$31,610
Kansas
$31,200
South Carolina
$31,140
Indiana
$30,960
Montana
$30,930
Virgin Islands
$30,880
Idaho
$30,480
Tennessee
$30,420
Kentucky
$30,250
Mississippi
$29,550
Oklahoma
$29,510
Louisiana
$29,360
West Virginia
$29,290
Arkansas
$28,160
South Dakota
$27,780
Puerto Rico
$19,230


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