Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff. Exclude "Secretaries" (43-6012 through 43-6014).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,407,950 0.8 % $16.85 $35,050 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.71 $12.97 $16.06 $19.88 $24.24
Annual Wage (2) $22,270 $26,980 $33,410 $41,350 $50,420

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Colleges and universities 86,770 $16.25 $33,800 1 169
Local government (OES designation) 80,560 $17.16 $35,690 2 96
Employment services 66,820 $14.98 $31,170 3 241
Management of companies and enterprises 56,810 $18.51 $38,510 4 30
State government (OES designation) 54,760 $16.03 $33,340 5 180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,110 $22.24 $46,250 168 1
Securities and commodity exchanges 660 $21.72 $45,180 201 2
Other financial investment activities 20,480 $21.04 $43,750 17 3
Natural gas distribution 1,530 $20.60 $42,840 143 4
Power generation and supply 6,420 $20.33 $42,280 44 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 11,370 $18.76 $39,010 1.911% 244
New York 134,390 $19.17 $39,870 1.621% 330
Delaware 6,280 $16.44 $34,200 1.565% 256
Florida 96,420 $15.73 $32,720 1.354% 326
Vermont 3,880 $16.18 $33,660 1.322% 223

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 27,930 $20.37 $42,370 0.724% 307
Connecticut 21,460 $19.31 $40,170 1.307% 283
New York 134,390 $19.17 $39,870 1.621% 330
California 184,890 $18.98 $39,470 1.279% 336
Massachusetts 41,530 $18.77 $39,040 1.298% 330

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tallahassee, FL MSA 3,860 $14.38 $29,910 2.476%
Topeka, KS MSA 2,420 $12.57 $26,150 2.451%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 1,650 $17.18 $35,720 2.266%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 14,410 $15.29 $31,810 2.223%
Springfield, IL MSA 2,360 $17.93 $37,290 2.116%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 13,810 $22.45 $46,700 1.546%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 4,110 $22.17 $46,110 2.056%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 18,340 $21.29 $44,290 1.840%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 1,930 $21.27 $44,250 0.930%
Newark, NJ PMSA 7,550 $20.89 $43,440 0.788%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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