Industries at a Glance

Administrative and Support Services: NAICS 561

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About the Administrative and Support Services subsector

The administrative and support services subsector is part of the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector.

Industries in the Administrative and Support Services subsector group establishments engaged in activities that support the day-to-day operations of other organizations. The processes employed in this sector (e.g., general management, personnel administration, clerical activities, cleaning activities) are often integral parts of the activities of establishments found in all sectors of the economy. The establishments classified in this subsector have specialization in one or more of these activities and can, therefore, provide services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. The individual industries of this subsector are defined on the basis of the particular process that they are engaged in and the particular services they provide.

North American Industry Classification System

The administrative and support services subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in administrative and support services. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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8,311.6 8,348.9 (P) 8,359.4 (P) 8,382.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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7,541.3 7,651.4 (P) 7,608.7

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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10.5% 10.2% 11.2% 11.2%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

39,440

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

854,200

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

484,710

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

484,490

Office clerks, general

285,790

Security guards

661,610

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for administrative and support services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in administrative and support services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2014
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2014
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Average hourly earnings

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$18.37 $18.30 $18.35 (P) $18.29

Average weekly hours

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34.6 34.8 35.2 (P) 34.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$16.26 $16.16 $16.20 (P) $16.16

Average weekly hours

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34.1 34.3 34.6 (P) 34.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

$22.89 $24.38 $47,610 $50,720

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

$9.72 $10.95 $20,210 $22,770

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$9.58 $10.84 $19,920 $22,550

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

$11.43 $12.31 $23,770 $25,600

Office clerks, general

$12.62 $13.52 $26,250 $28,120

Security guards

$10.97 $12.31 $22,820 $25,590

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in administrative and support services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

243 302 294 (P) 286

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

(1) 2.7 2.5 2.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

(1) 1.5 1.4 1.5

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 1.1 1.0 1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 0.4 0.4 0.5

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in administrative and support services.

Establishments

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2013
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2013
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2013
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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461,276 465,685 466,586 (P) 468,720

Local government

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2,093 2,092 2,095 (P) 2,099

State government

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583 582 577 (P) 583

Federal government

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119 119 117 (P) 131

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See employment services in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: September 25, 2014

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