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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Other names for this job might include Admin Assistant, Admin Secretary, Administrative Aide, Administrative and Program Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Associate, Administrative Clerk, Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Liaison, Administrative Resources Associate

  • $36140
  • 70%
    Job satisfaction
  • Medium
    Becoming one
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    Job growth
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How Much Do Secretaries Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Secretaries and Administrative Assistants make.

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Average salary

Annual salary
$36140 per year

Hourly wage
$17.380 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Secretaries make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Secretaries is $36140. Their salary can also be as low as $21470 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $53060 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $17.380 and can range from $10.320 to $25.510 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Secretary will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Secretaries make with other careers, they have a salary rank of D.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$25.510$53060
Senior (Top 25%)$21.110$43920
Middle (Mid 50%)$16.740$34820
Junior (Bottom 25%)$13.130$27320
No experience (Bottom 10%)$10.320$21470

Entry-level Secretaries who starts out at $27320 can expect to make $34820 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $10.320 per hour while the top 10% makes over $25.510 per hour.

While the median wage is $34820 per annum or $16.740 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Postal Service (federal government)26.8755900
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank23.548880
Federal government, including the US Postal Service23.3848620
Federal Executive Branch23.2248300
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing21.6244970
Wired Telecommunications Carriers21.5744860
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing21.2244140
Natural Gas Distribution21.0343740
Metal Ore Mining20.9343530
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution20.7443140
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences20.4442520
Scientific Research and Development Services20.3742380
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing20.2442090
Rail Transportation20.1741950
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing20.1641930
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities20.0541700
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing20.0341660
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing19.9641520
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing19.8341240
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned19.7541090
Software Publishers19.7141010
Securities and Commodity Exchanges19.6240810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing19.5840730
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing19.3240180
Other Information Services19.3140170
Cable and Other Subscription Programming19.2640060
Basic Chemical Manufacturing19.1839900
Household Appliance Manufacturing19.0639650
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing19.0439600
Depository Credit Intermediation18.939310
Couriers and Express Delivery Services18.8839280
Management of Companies and Enterprises18.8539210
Footwear Manufacturing18.8339170
Communications Equipment Manufacturing18.8239160
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media18.7739040
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing18.7539000
Chemical Manufacturing18.7338960
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds18.7138910
Television Broadcasting18.6938870
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing18.6738840
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles18.6738830
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage18.6638820
Other Investment Pools and Funds18.6338760
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)18.6338750
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills18.6338740
Other schools and instruction, Local government owned18.638700
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations18.638690
Amusement Parks and Arcades18.538480
Ship and Boat Building18.4738420
Hardware Manufacturing18.4538390
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities18.4238310
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities18.3738220
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned18.3538160
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing18.3238110
Oil and Gas Extraction18.2738010
Other Financial Investment Activities18.2637990
Federal, State, and Local Government18.2437940
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service18.2437940
Insurance Carriers18.2237900
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned18.2137870
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing18.237860
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services18.237850
Engineering Services18.1637780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services18.1637770
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals18.1437730
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing18.0937630
Couriers and Messengers18.0937630
Tobacco Manufacturing18.0337490
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing1837440
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing17.9637360
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned17.9637350
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing17.9337300
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills17.937240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned17.8937220
Hospitals, Privately owned17.8837190
Paper Manufacturing17.8637160
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.8637150
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing17.8537130
Publishing Industries (except Internet)17.8337090
Nonscheduled Air Transportation17.8137050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)17.8137040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned17.837020
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing17.7836980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.7836980
Beverage Manufacturing17.7736970
Junior colleges, Privately owned17.7636950
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.7636940
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing17.736820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services17.6936800
Dairy Product Manufacturing17.6836780
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil17.6836780
Nondepository Credit Intermediation17.6736750
Broadcasting (except Internet)17.6536720
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers17.6536710
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing17.6336670
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation17.6136630
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing17.5836570
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing17.5836560
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas17.5736540
Offices of Dentists17.5636520
Casino Hotels17.5636510
Hospitals, State government owned17.5436480
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing17.5436470
Grantmaking and Giving Services17.536390
Radio and Television Broadcasting17.4836360
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service17.4836360
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing17.4636310
Pipeline Transportation17.4436270
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned17.4336250
Pharmacies and Drug Stores17.4336240
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing17.4136220
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers17.4236220
Finance and Insurance17.3836150
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)17.3836150
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations17.3536090
Specialized Design Services17.3436070
Educational Services, Privately owned17.3436070
Air Transportation17.3336050
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services17.3336050
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation17.3236030
Motion Picture and Video Industries17.335990
Local government, including schools and hospitals17.335990
Educational Services, State government owned17.335980
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries17.2835950
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers17.2835940
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing17.2735920
Junior colleges, Local government owned17.2635910
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.2535880
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing17.2435860
Other Insurance Related Activities17.2435860
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing17.2335840
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned17.2135790
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing17.1935760
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers17.1635690
Sound Recording Industries17.1635680
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned17.1535680
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned17.1535680
Urban Transit Systems17.1335640
State government, including schools and hospitals17.1435640
Textile Mills17.0935550
Scheduled Air Transportation17.0835540
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation17.0935540
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)17.0835530
Clothing Stores17.0835520
Nonresidential Building Construction17.0635490
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing17.0535470
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)17.0135390
Machinery Manufacturing16.9735300
Other Pipeline Transportation16.9735290
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing16.9635280
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing16.9435240
Primary Metal Manufacturing16.9435230
Traveler Accommodation16.9435230
Other Food Manufacturing16.9335210
Warehousing and Storage16.9335210
Educational Support Services, Local government owned16.9235200
Educational Services, Local government owned16.935150
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals16.8835120
Plastics Product Manufacturing16.8835110
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services16.8835110
Specialty hospitals, State government owned16.8835100
Hospitals, Local government owned16.8735090
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing16.8635060
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned16.8635060
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)16.8535050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned16.8335000
Forging and Stamping16.8234980
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing16.8134970
Support Activities for Water Transportation16.8134970
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing16.834940
Land Subdivision16.7934920
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing16.7934910
Telephone Call Centers16.7834900
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services16.7734880
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing16.7634870
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned16.7434830
Social Advocacy Organizations16.7434820
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing16.7434810
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing16.7334810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services16.7434810
Testing Laboratories16.7334790
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other16.7134750
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.734730
Waste Treatment and Disposal16.6534630
Performing Arts Companies16.6534630
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned16.6434610
Facilities Support Services16.6434600
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing16.6334590
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)16.6334590
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing16.6234580
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)16.6234570
Support Activities for Mining16.6134550
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing16.6134550
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel16.6134550
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)16.634530
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation16.634520
All industries16.5934500
Other Telecommunications16.5734470
Miscellaneous Manufacturing16.5534420
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers16.5134340
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.5134340
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers16.5134340
Gambling Industries16.4834280
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction16.4734250
Fabric Mills16.4634250
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories16.4734250
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers16.434100
Office Administrative Services16.3734050
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)16.3534010
Water Transportation16.3433990
All industries, private ownership only16.3333970
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction16.3233950
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing16.3233950
Junior colleges, State government owned16.3233950
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.333900
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills16.2933880
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services16.2833870
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers16.2733850
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities16.2733830
Support Activities for Air Transportation16.2533800
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses16.2233750
Educational Support Services, Privately owned16.2333750
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations16.2333750
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries16.2233740
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing16.1733630
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing16.1633620
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction16.1533590
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing16.1433580
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers16.1433580
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction16.1233540
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services16.1233530
Mining (except Oil and Gas)16.1233520
Rubber Product Manufacturing16.1133500
Food Manufacturing16.0933470
Construction of Buildings16.0933460
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods16.0833450
Offices of Physicians16.0833440
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing16.0733430
Employment Services16.0733430
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing16.0633410
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services16.0633410
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing16.0533390
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing16.0533390
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers16.0533380
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers16.0433360
Investigation and Security Services16.0333340
Ambulatory Health Care Services16.0333340
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing1633270
Outpatient Care Centers1633270
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers15.9833250
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.9933250
Security Systems Services15.9933250
Wholesale Trade15.9633190
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores15.9633190
Support Activities for Rail Transportation15.9433150
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events15.9333140
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures15.9233120
Inland Water Transportation15.9133090
Activities Related to Real Estate15.8833020
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing15.8733000
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers15.8632990
Other Building Equipment Contractors15.8632980
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing15.8632980
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation15.8632980
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing15.8532970
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities15.8432950
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services15.7932850
Administrative and Support Services15.7932850
Other Support Services15.7932840
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions15.7932840
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing15.7732810
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing15.7532750
Home Health Care Services15.7432750
Transportation and Warehousing15.7432740
Waste Management and Remediation Services15.7432730
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities15.7132680
Utility System Construction15.6932640
Spectator Sports15.6932640
Accommodation and Food Services15.6932640
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods15.6832620
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly15.6832620
Special Food Services15.6832620
Freight Transportation Arrangement15.6832610
Legal Services15.6732590
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors15.6532550
Machine Shops15.6532540
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing15.6332520
Textile Furnishings Mills15.5832410
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance15.5832400
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers15.5732390
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services15.5732380
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores15.5632360
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing15.5532340
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities15.5432330
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing15.5332310
Waste Collection15.5332310
Business Support Services15.5332300
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging15.5232290
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities15.5232290
Health and Personal Care Stores15.5232290
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities15.532230
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing15.4932220
Other Support Activities for Transportation15.4932210
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services15.4732180
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing15.4732170
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries15.4732170
Building Equipment Contractors15.4632150
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing15.4532140
Coal Mining15.4432120
Satellite Telecommunications15.4332100
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors15.4232060
Radio Broadcasting15.4132060
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)15.4132060
Vocational Rehabilitation Services15.4132050
Newspaper Publishers15.3932020
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers15.3932010
Support Activities for Transportation15.3831990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying15.3731980
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists15.3731980
Lessors of Real Estate15.3631950
Roofing Contractors15.3531940
Water, Sewage and Other Systems15.3531930
Residential Building Construction15.3531930
Grain and Oilseed Milling15.3531930
Rental and Leasing Services15.3331900
Animal Food Manufacturing15.3331880
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing15.3331880
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities15.3331880
Specialty Trade Contractors15.331820
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors15.331820
Real Estate15.331820
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water15.331810
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors15.2831780
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing15.2431690
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores15.2231650
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors15.231610
Support Activities for Animal Production15.1931590
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters15.1631540
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages15.1531520
Home Furnishings Stores15.1331480
Nonstore Retailers15.1331480
Other Specialty Trade Contractors15.1331470
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance15.1331470
Animal Slaughtering and Processing15.1231450
Other Residential Care Facilities15.131410
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing15.0731340
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.0631330
Ambulance Services15.0631330
Landscaping Services15.0431280
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers15.0331270
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services15.0331260
Local Messengers and Local Delivery15.0231240
Department Stores15.0131210
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services1531210
General Merchandise Stores1531200
Building Finishing Contractors14.9931180
Other General Merchandise Stores14.9931180
Drywall and Insulation Contractors14.9931170
Technical and trade schools, State government owned14.9831160
Social Assistance14.9531090
Printing and Related Support Activities14.9431080
Individual and Family Services14.9431080
General Freight Trucking14.9231040
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers14.9131020
Gasoline Stations14.9131020
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)14.9131020
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing14.930990
Masonry Contractors14.8930980
Other Wood Product Manufacturing14.930980
General Rental Centers14.8930980
Full-Service Restaurants14.8930980
Textile Product Mills14.8730940
Wood Product Manufacturing14.8630910
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing14.8530890
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned14.8530880
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing14.8330850
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities14.8330850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries14.8230830
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores14.830780
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers14.830780
Food Services and Drinking Places14.7730710
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation14.7530680
Specialty Food Stores14.7530670
Offices of Other Health Practitioners14.7430650
Building Material and Supplies Dealers14.7130600
Apparel Manufacturing14.6830540
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers14.6830540
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores14.6830530
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers14.6830530
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners14.6530480
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)14.6430460
Truck Transportation14.6330440
Food and Beverage Stores14.6330430
Restaurants and Other Eating Places14.6330430
Direct Selling Establishments14.630370
Offices of Optometrists14.5830330
Technical and trade schools, Local government owned14.5830320
Religious Organizations14.5730310
Retail Trade14.5630290
Travel Agencies14.5530260
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers14.530150
Furniture Stores14.4930140
Grocery Stores14.4930140
Services to Buildings and Dwellings14.4730090
Rooming and Boarding Houses14.4730090
Other Textile Product Mills14.4630080
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers14.4430040
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers14.4330020
Consumer Goods Rental14.4330020
Sawmills and Wood Preservation14.4229990
Repair and Maintenance14.3829910
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair14.3829910
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance14.3629880
Sporting Goods Stores14.3429830
Child Day Care Services14.3329800
Automobile Dealers14.3229790
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers14.3229780
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry14.3129770
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting14.2929730
Drycleaning and Laundry Services14.2829700
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation14.2829690
Miscellaneous Store Retailers14.2729680
Specialized Freight Trucking14.2729680
Forestry and Logging14.2629660
Used Merchandise Stores14.2629660
Electronics and Appliance Stores14.2529630
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores14.1629450
Offices of Chiropractors14.1629440
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores14.1529430
Veterinary Services14.1529430
Apparel Knitting Mills14.1529420
Charter Bus Industry14.129330
Support Activities for Crop Production14.0829290
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation14.0729270
Vending Machine Operators14.0329180
School and Employee Bus Transportation14.0329180
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition14.0229170
Other Personal Services14.0229170
Civic and Social Organizations14.0229170
Book Stores and News Dealers13.9729060
Automotive Repair and Maintenance13.9529010
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers13.9428990
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land13.8628830
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers13.8628820
Death Care Services13.8528810
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing13.8428790
Photographic Services13.8328760
Shoe Stores13.7728640
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores13.7428570
Personal and Laundry Services13.7328560
Taxi and Limousine Service13.7228530
Support Activities for Road Transportation13.7228530
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance13.6928470
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance13.6328350
Exterminating and Pest Control Services13.5728230
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps13.5728220
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores13.1827410
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)12.6926390
Personal Care Services12.6926380

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Another simple way to boost your pay as A Secretary is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Secretaries are in the states of DC, MA, CT, NJ and CA. The average salary in DC is $47510.

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