Secretary Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$40,000
$31,000
Min 10%
$40,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayer Brown
Highest Paying City
Plymouth, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Average Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a secretary make?
As a Secretary in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $40,259 per year or $19.36 per hour. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $50,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $31,000 per year. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Secretaries are Health Care companies and Education companies. States with the highest Secretary salaries include Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Washington. Most Secretaries spend 3.0 years in the position.
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Average Secretary Salary By Location

Secretaries in the United States of America make on average $40,259 a year or $19.36 per hour. Secretaries make the most in Plymouth, MA at about $50,964 per year. Even an entry-level Secretary makes $25,000 per year in Plymouth, MA. The top 5 states with the highest reported Secretary salaries are Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Washington. Wisconsin, Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Iowa are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Secretary Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Secretaries earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Secretary Salary By Company

If you are a Secretary, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Health Care companies and Education companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. Mayer Brown and Cooley are the best paying companies for Secretaries. Companies like Fenwick & West and Southern California Gas Company also pay high salaries to their Secretaries.

Average Secretary Pay By Industry

Secretary salaries can vary depending on the industry. By looking at our data, we can see that Finance companies, Health Care companies, and Retail companies pay their Secretaries well. Finance companies pay their Secretaries the highest wages, averaging $42,460 per year. Health Care companies and Retail companies pay well too, at $42,162 and $40,643, respectively. At $36,954, the average salary for Secretaries in the Government industry is lower than other industries.
Industry
Average Salary
Finance
Finance
$42,460
$42k
Health Care
Health Care
$42,162
$42k
Retail
Retail
$40,643
$41k
Education
Education
$40,133
$40k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$39,751
$40k
Professional
Professional
$39,683
$40k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$38,962
$39k
Government
Government
$36,954
$37k

Secretary Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Secretary Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Secretary can range from $30,815 to $58,391 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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