Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
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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)
1,418,640 0.8 % $17.22 $35,810 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.02 $13.27 $16.39 $20.39 $25.05
Annual Wage (2) $22,920 $27,590 $34,080 $42,410 $52,100

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 88,050 $16.60 $34,520 1 170
Local government (OES designation) 80,040 $17.71 $36,840 2 78
Employment services 62,240 $15.33 $31,890 3 245
Management of companies and enterprises 57,100 $18.75 $39,000 4 30
State government (OES designation) 54,760 $16.30 $33,900 5 195

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Securities and commodity exchanges 720 $22.65 $47,110 191 1
Other financial investment activities 21,550 $21.40 $44,520 17 2
Natural gas distribution 1,490 $21.16 $44,020 142 3
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,120 $21.06 $43,810 168 4
Rail transportation 720 $20.89 $43,450 192 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 10,970 $19.27 $40,080 1.845% 257
New York 137,420 $19.39 $40,330 1.664% 351
Delaware 5,850 $16.87 $35,100 1.452% 259
Vermont 4,190 $16.38 $34,060 1.443% 233
California 200,600 $19.47 $40,490 1.382% 364

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 27,020 $20.74 $43,150 0.698% 312
Washington 18,580 $19.65 $40,870 0.725% 351
Connecticut 21,700 $19.57 $40,700 1.323% 312
California 200,600 $19.47 $40,490 1.382% 364
Hawaii 3,110 $19.40 $40,360 0.562% 215

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 3,940 $14.60 $30,370 2.509%
Topeka, KS MSA 2,430 $12.82 $26,660 2.504%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 1,780 $17.50 $36,400 2.419%
Springfield, IL MSA 2,470 $17.84 $37,110 2.255%
New York, NY PMSA 83,830 $20.85 $43,360 2.108%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 3,980 $22.83 $47,490 1.988%
San Jose, CA PMSA 14,010 $22.64 $47,090 1.596%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 19,580 $22.01 $45,790 2.006%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 1,860 $21.96 $45,680 0.892%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 4,580 $21.49 $44,710 0.733%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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