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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Secretaries and Administrative Assistant, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,110
25th Percentile Wage
$27,990
50th Percentile Wage
$35,590
75th Percentile Wage
$44,950
90th Percentile Wage
$54,370

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 $54,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,110. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 145% 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, except legal, medical, and executive from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$35,590
2.16% 8.94%
2016
$34,820
2.61% -
2015
$33,910
1.98% -
2014
$33,240
1.20% -
2013
$32,840
1.31% -
2012
$32,410
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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 $43,670. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $30,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$43,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,750
Information
$38,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,130
Finance and Insurance
$37,000
Educational Services
$36,780
Manufacturing
$36,450
Mining
$35,030
Wholesale Trade
$34,720
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,720
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,340
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,150
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$34,100
Construction
$33,730
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,630
Retail Trade
$31,110
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$30,750

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 $19,490 to $47,340. The highest paying state for secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $47,340. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,490. 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
$47,340
Massachusetts
$45,040
Connecticut
$43,900
Rhode Island
$41,610
California
$40,490
Washington
$40,360
New Jersey
$40,330
New York
$39,430
Minnesota
$39,310
Maryland
$39,180
Alaska
$38,920
Hawaii
$38,580
Delaware
$37,860
Nevada
$37,790
North Dakota
$37,470
Oregon
$37,430
Virginia
$36,810
Colorado
$36,510
Wyoming
$36,000
Wisconsin
$35,790
New Hampshire
$35,770
North Carolina
$35,210
Maine
$35,110
Illinois
$35,000
Vermont
$34,730
Michigan
$34,730
Pennsylvania
$34,600
Ohio
$34,580
Arizona
$34,000
Georgia
$33,830
Alabama
$33,690
Texas
$33,440
South Carolina
$33,000
Iowa
$32,830
Florida
$32,750
New Mexico
$32,680
Missouri
$32,420
Utah
$32,400
Nebraska
$32,220
Tennessee
$32,160
Guam
$32,000
Kansas
$31,900
Virgin Islands
$31,540
Montana
$31,400
Idaho
$31,040
Kentucky
$30,910
Indiana
$30,780
Mississippi
$30,290
Oklahoma
$29,830
Louisiana
$29,730
West Virginia
$29,530
Arkansas
$28,370
South Dakota
$28,310
Puerto Rico
$19,490



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