Salary Guide: Administrative Assistants

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Administrative Assistants or Secretaries perform routine office duties like maintaining records, answering phone calls, and scheduling meetings. Excludes legal, executive, and medical secretaries. Nationwide there are over 1,840,000 Administrative Assistants who earn an average salary of $32,000.

Post-secondary degrees are not required to fill Secretary and Administrative Assistant positions.

Post-secondary degrees are not required to fill Secretary and Administrative Assistant positions. High school diplomas and basic office skills are often sufficient to secure one of these positions but preference is often given to those with some college-level education – either an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.

Find out about Administrative Assistant and Secretary programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $30,860
Alaska: $38,690
Arizona: $31,060
Arkansas: $26,100
California: $36,940
Colorado: $33,430
Connecticut: $38,560
Delaware: $35,440
District of Columbia: $48,240
Florida: $29,700
Georgia: $29,250
Hawaii : $36,310
Idaho: $29,470
Illinois: $32,140
Indiana: $30,780
Iowa: $28,680
Kansas: $26,750
Kentucky: $26,480
Louisiana: $27,280
Maine: $30,810
Maryland: $37,130
Massachusetts: $39,180
Michigan: $32,450
Minnesota: $37,340
Mississippi: $26,510
Missouri: $28,350
Montana: $27,260
Nebraska: $27,990
Nevada: $35,530
New Hampshire: $31,450
New Jersey: $37,230
New Mexico: $29,280
New York: $34,780
North Carolina: $30,610
North Dakota: $30,400
Ohio: $31,160
Oklahoma: $26,470
Oregon: $32,410
Pennsylvania: $30,650
Rhode Island: $36,010
South Carolina: $29,570
South Dakota: $24,260
Tennessee: $28,580
Texas: $29,220
Utah: $28,880
Vermont: $29,400
Virginia: $35,020
Washington: $36,090
West Virginia: $26,600
Wisconsin: $32,450
Wyoming: $28,780

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $37,000
2. Los Angeles: $36,040
3. Chicago: $34,200
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $31,800
5. Philadelphia: $33,940
6. Houston: $30,890
7. Washington DC: $43,610
8. Miami: $30,750
9. Atlanta: $30,880
10. Boston: $40,010
11. San Francisco: $42,590
12. Detroit: $34,450
13. Riverside: $34,150
14. Phoenix: $31,650
15. Seattle: $38,520
16. Minneapolis: $38,980
17. San Diego: $36,860
18. St. Louis: $30,700
19. Tampa: $29,330
20. Baltimore: $36,740

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.

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