Secretaries & administrative assistants

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Total Workforce

3.1M

Average Age

46.6

Estimated Job Growth

-17.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$36,424

Average Male Salary

$43,633

Average Female Salary

$35,982

About

Secretaries & administrative assistants are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for Secretaries & administrative assistants was $36,424 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Secretaries & administrative assistants by wage are Pest control workers, Parts salespersons, and Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers.

Secretaries & administrative assistants are part of the Office & Administrative Support Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers, Switchboard operators, including answering service, Telephone operators, Communications equipment operators, all other, Bill & account collectors, Billing & posting clerks, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, Gaming cage workers, Payroll & timekeeping clerks, Procurement clerks, Tellers, Other financial clerks, Brokerage clerks, Court, municipal, & license clerks, Credit authorizers, checkers, & clerks, Customer service representatives, Eligibility interviewers, government programs, File clerks, Hotel, motel, & resort desk clerks, Interviewers, except eligibility & loan, Library assistants, clerical, Loan interviewers & clerks, New accounts clerks, Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping, Receptionists & information clerks, Reservation & transportation ticket agents & travel clerks, Information & record clerks, all other, Correspondence clerks & order clerks, Cargo & freight agents, Couriers & messengers, Dispatchers, Meter readers, utilities, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail carriers, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Production, planning, & expediting clerks, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, Stock clerks & order fillers, Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping, Secretaries & administrative assistants, Computer operators, Data entry keyers, Word processors & typists, Insurance claims & policy processing clerks, Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Office clerks, general, Office machine operators, except computer, Proofreaders & copy markers, Statistical assistants, and Miscellaneous office & administrative support workers, including desktop publishers

The top 3 locations that employ the most Secretaries & administrative assistants are Greater Fairbanks, Greater Juneau, Ketchikan Gateway Borough & Road-Connected Alaska PUMA, AK, Carolina Municipio (Norte) PUMA, PR, and Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Secretaries & administrative assistants are Carr 53 PUMA, PR, Toa Alta & Vega Alta Municipios PUMA, PR, and Carolina Municipio (Norte) PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Secretaries & administrative assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Secretaries & administrative assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Secretaries & administrative assistants, by average wage, is Electronic shopping. Secretaries & administrative assistants are paid most in Ela, Freemont, Wauconda & Cuba Townships PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Carr 53 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$36,424

AVERAGE SALARY

± $400

In 2017, Secretaries & administrative assistants earned an average of $36,424, $15,641 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Pest control workers make somewhat more than Secretaries & administrative assistants while Parts salespersons make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Secretaries & administrative assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.341

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Secretaries & administrative assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.341, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Secretaries & administrative assistants (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 & administrative assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Secretaries & administrative assistants

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Secretaries & administrative assistants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Secretaries & administrative assistants, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Hospitals, and Construction.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Secretaries & administrative assistants, by average wage, are Electronic shopping, Not specified wholesale trade, and Vending machine operators.

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Industries by Share

3.1M

2017 Workforce

± 42,779

-2.34%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.99%

The number of people employed as Secretaries & administrative assistants has been declining at a rate of -2.34%, from 3,175,520 people in 2016 to 3,101,232 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Secretaries & administrative assistants employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Secretaries & administrative assistants at  9.37%, followed by Hospitals with 6.57% and Construction with 5.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Secretaries & administrative assistants in the US. The average age of male Secretaries & administrative assistants in the workforce is 40.4 and of female Secretaries & administrative assistants is 47, and the most common race/ethnicity for Secretaries & administrative assistants is White.

Gender Composition

179k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 10,379

2.92M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 41,552

94.2% of Secretaries & administrative assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Secretaries & administrative assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Secretaries & administrative assistants

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

81.6% of Secretaries & administrative assistants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.23% of Secretaries & administrative assistants, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Secretaries & administrative assistants.

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Age by Gender

40.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.914

47

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.202

The median age of Secretaries & administrative assistants is 46.6, and Male employees are generally 6.6 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Secretaries & administrative assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Secretaries & administrative assistants is Business but a relatively high number of Secretaries & administrative assistants 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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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Secretaries & administrative assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Secretaries & administrative assistants need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Secretaries & administrative assistants need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Programming, and Writing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Secretaries & administrative assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Secretaries & administrative assistants are expected to see a growth of -17.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-17.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Secretaries & administrative assistants. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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