Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
2.52M
Average Age
46.9
Estimated Job Growth
−10.1%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$37,562
Average Male Salary
$45,444
Average Female Salary
$37,071

About

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive was $37,562 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive by wage are Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, Construction laborers, and Medical secretaries and administrative assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK, Carolina Municipio (Norte) PUMA, PR, and Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral, Hampshire & Morgan Counties PUMA, WV. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are Carr 53 PUMA, PR, Bayamón Municipio (OEste) PUMA, PR, and Toa Alta & Vega Alta Municipios PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, by average wage, is Clay building material & refractories manufacturing. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are paid most in North Beach & Chinatown PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Carr 53 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$37,562
AVERAGE SALARY
± $455

In 2020, Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive earned an average of $37,562, $18,392 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic make somewhat more than Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive while Medical secretaries and administrative assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.338
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.338, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, by average wage, are Clay building material & refractories manufacturing, Software publishing, and Cutlery & hand tool manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

2.52M
2020 Workforce
± 38,608
−4.15%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.24%

The number of people employed as Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive has been declining at a rate of −4.15%, from 2,624,356 people in 2019 to 2,515,562 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive at  10.1%, followed by Construction with 6.98% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 5.67%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive in the US. The average age of male Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive in the workforce is 41 and of female Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is 47.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

148k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 9,431
2.37M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 37,476

94.1% of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

72.1% of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.71% of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive.

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Age by Sex

41
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.985
47.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.227

The median age of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is 46.9, and Male employees are generally 6.24 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is Business but a relatively high number of Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive hold a major in Legal.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Projections

Projections on job growth for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive are expected to see a growth of −10.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−10.1%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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