Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

43-6013 Medical Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
360,850 2.0 % $13.42 $27,900 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.20 $10.57 $12.76 $15.72 $18.82
Annual Wage (2) $19,140 $21,980 $26,540 $32,690 $39,140

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of physicians 151,920 $13.34 $27,750
General medical and surgical hospitals 83,370 $12.97 $26,970
Offices of dentists 49,750 $15.63 $32,510
Offices of other health practitioners 27,340 $12.20 $25,380
Outpatient care centers 11,070 $12.38 $25,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 120 $17.41 $36,210
Insurance carriers 270 $16.06 $33,410
Offices of dentists 49,750 $15.63 $32,510
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 90 $15.46 $32,150
Colleges and universities 2,810 $15.02 $31,240

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
New Jersey 37,510 $13.77 $28,640 0.966%
Washington 15,900 $14.21 $29,560 0.616%
Oregon 8,930 $15.06 $31,320 0.574%
Massachusetts 17,250 $15.68 $32,620 0.552%
Rhode Island 2,290 $14.58 $30,330 0.477%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 1,200 $17.47 $36,340 0.212%
Connecticut 6,060 $16.00 $33,270 0.371%
Massachusetts 17,250 $15.68 $32,620 0.552%
California 31,490 $15.52 $32,280 0.217%
Colorado 4,260 $15.50 $32,250 0.202%

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
Rochester, MN MSA 1,890 $15.93 $33,120 2.162%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 5,410 $13.10 $27,240 1.357%
Newark, NJ PMSA 11,240 $13.72 $28,540 1.158%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 600 $12.13 $25,240 0.997%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 5,910 $15.64 $32,530 0.932%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,680 $18.45 $38,370 0.176%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 650 $18.13 $37,710 0.326%
Honolulu, HI MSA (7) $17.84 $37,110 (7)
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 740 $17.58 $36,570 0.109%
Chicago, IL PMSA 7,820 $17.44 $36,270 0.196%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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