Economic snapshot of administrative assistants on their day

We’ve written a good bit about executive compensation — and the excesses.

Since today is Administrative Professionals Day — honoring the secretarial employees who work for the execs — here’s a few facts about the people in that field. The numbers come from the International Association of Administrative Professionals and U.S. Labor Department.

– There were 4.2 million administrative assistants and secretaries in the U.S. in 2008. There were another 1.4 million supervisors of those employees.

– It’s a growing field: 362,000 administrative assistant and secretarial positions will be added in the U.S. between 2008 and 2016. That’s growth of 8.5 percent. Also, 82,000 office supervisor positions will be added.

– The average annual earnings for executive secretaries and administrative assistants was $40,030 in 2008.

– But average starting salaries are expected to fall by 3.7 percent for administrative assistants in 2010.

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5 comments Add your comment


April 21st, 2010
7:31 am

I think I’ll hold out for the top position. I hope Warren Buffett has been shamed into giving his secretary ($60k) a raise. If we limited executive pay to a million bucks could we raise the minimum wage to $20?


April 21st, 2010
7:53 am

It’s so unfortunate that Administrative Assistants and Secretaries do the brunt of the work for the companies they work for; but are not appreciated at all. Last year my supervisor did not even send me an e-mail to say ‘Thank You’. That is so sad!!!!

Tom Wyatt

April 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

Administrative Assistants make solid contributions in the workplace. I share an Assistant with another Vice President and this individual streamlines our responsibilities adding great value to our work. To all the administrative assistants out there-including mine I hope your day is fantastic!

Kathy Burch-Payne

April 22nd, 2010
4:44 pm

Thanks Tom Wyatt, whom ever and where ever you are!!! thanks for acknowledging the work “WE” do for execs and making “them” look good all day long….Executives and Administrative Assistants ( I don’t even like the term) they are a team made in heaven, you can not have a good one or great one without the other!!! Much like a “marriage.” I have been very fortunate….in my tenure!!! You know who you are…KBP


April 30th, 2010
8:25 am

TnGelding – if you limited executive pay, the minimum wage would have to fall, not rise. Fewer jobs with equal demand equals smaller salaries.