Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

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2019 Workforce
76.8k
Average Age
44.9
Estimated Job Growth
9.51%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$34,024
Average Male Salary
$33,344
Average Female Salary
$34,055

About

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants was $34,024 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Medical secretaries and administrative assistants by wage are Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, and Shoe & leather workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are Altoona City PUMA, PA and Brookhaven Town (North) PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are Brookhaven Town (North) PUMA, NY and Altoona City PUMA, PA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Medical secretaries and administrative assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Medical secretaries and administrative assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants, by average wage, is Other health care services. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are paid most in Syracuse City (Outer) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Brookhaven Town (North) PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$34,024
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,825

In 2019, Medical secretaries and administrative assistants earned an average of $34,024, $21,500 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers make somewhat more than Medical secretaries and administrative assistants while Shoe & leather workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Medical secretaries and administrative assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.239
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Medical secretaries and administrative assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.239, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Medical secretaries and 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 Medical secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Medical secretaries and administrative assistants, by number of employees, are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, Offices of physicians, and Outpatient care centers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants, by average wage, are Other health care services, Home health care services, and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities.

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Industries by Share

76.8k
2019 Workforce
± 6,801
41.6%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.72%

The number of people employed as Medical secretaries and administrative assistants has been growing at a rate of 41.6%, from 54,206 people in 2018 to 76,769 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants at  41.9%, followed by Offices of physicians with 28.1% and Outpatient care centers with 12.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical secretaries and administrative assistants in the US. The average age of male Medical secretaries and administrative assistants in the workforce is 41.8 and of female Medical secretaries and administrative assistants is 45.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.34k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,418
73.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,651

95.7% of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

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

67% of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.4% of Medical secretaries and 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 Medical secretaries and administrative assistants.

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Age by Gender

41.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 6.5
45.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.25

The median age of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants is 44.9, and Male employees are generally 3.23 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Medical secretaries and administrative assistants is Business but a relatively high number of Medical secretaries and administrative assistants hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants are expected to see a growth of 9.51% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

9.51%
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 Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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