How Much Do Executive Secretaries Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Executive Secretaries

Executive Secretaries provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, and handling information requests, as well as performing routine administrative functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$65230 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$39,350 to $49,890 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $24 per hour

Entry-level Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $39,350 to $49,890 per year or $19 to $24 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $46 $94,830
Senior (Top 25%) $38 $78,410
Middle (Mid 50%) $30 $63,110
Junior (Bottom 25%) $24 $49,890
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $39,350

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $37 $76,410
CA $37 $76,050
DC $36 $75,110
CT $36 $74,370
NJ $34 $71,120
MD $34 $70,990
RI $34 $70,330
DE $34 $70,320
HI $33 $69,250
VA $32 $67,210

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Executive Secretaries are in the states of NY, CA, DC, CT and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $95180 $45.76
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $93030 $44.72
Other Personal Services $92440 $44.44
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $80600 $38.75
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $80160 $38.54
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $79790 $38.36
Other Information Services $78980 $37.97
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $78330 $37.66
Truck Transportation $77990 $37.49
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $77850 $37.43
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $76900 $36.97
Scientific Research and Development Services $76610 $36.83
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing $76480 $36.77
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $75190 $36.15
Software Publishers $74850 $35.99
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $74520 $35.83
Federal Executive Branch $74510 $35.82
Natural Gas Distribution $74390 $35.77
Motion Picture and Video Industries $74040 $35.60
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $73890 $35.53
Household Appliance Manufacturing $73650 $35.41
Legal Services $72960 $35.08
Taxi and Limousine Service $72540 $34.87
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $72270 $34.75
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $72260 $34.74
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $71450 $34.35
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $71400 $34.33
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $71260 $34.26
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $70960 $34.12
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $70830 $34.05

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