Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
235k
Average Age
46.7
Estimated Job Growth
−20.4%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$53,163
Average Male Salary
$75,737
Average Female Salary
$51,617

About

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are most often employed by the Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges industry. The average yearly wage for Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants was $53,163 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants by wage are Paralegals & legal assistants, Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, and Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are Bowie City, Kettering, Largo, Mitchellville & Lanham PUMA, MD, Astoria & Long Island City PUMA, NY, and LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are Bowie City, Kettering, Largo, Mitchellville & Lanham PUMA, MD, Shoreview, White Bear Lake & New Brighton Cities PUMA, MN, and Astoria & Long Island City PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges is the industry that employs the most Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, by average wage, is National security & international affairs. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are paid most in Jacksonville City (Southeast) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Bowie City, Kettering, Largo, Mitchellville & Lanham PUMA, MD.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$53,163
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,014

In 2020, Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants earned an average of $53,163, $2,791 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Paralegals & legal assistants make somewhat more than Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants while Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.347
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.347, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Executive secretaries and executive 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 Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

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

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, by average wage, are National security & international affairs, Not specified utilities, and Software publishing.

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Industries by Share

235k
2020 Workforce
± 11,895
6.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.81%

The number of people employed as Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants has been growing at a rate of 6.9%, from 219,920 people in 2019 to 235,103 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants employed by various industries. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges employs the largest share of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants at  5.87%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 5.68% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 5.39%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants in the US. The average age of male Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants in the workforce is 41.6 and of female Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is 47, and the most common race/ethnicity for Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

15.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,013
220k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 11,508

93.6% of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

69.8% of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.87% of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

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Age by Sex

41.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.81
47
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.702

The median age of Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants is 46.7, and Male employees are generally 5.41 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants are expected to see a growth of −20.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−20.4%
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 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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