How Much do Executive Assistants Make?

Do executive assistants make a lot of money? What is the average pay for executive assistants?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, executive assistants in the United States earn an average of $62,920 a year, equivalent to $30.25 an hour. Executive assistants make 18% more than the average American worker.

Executive assistants in New York are the best paid, making $73,450 a year, while executive assistants in South Dakota make the least at $40,350.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Executive Assistant Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $43.91 $91,330
75th $36.45 $75,820
50th $29.27 $60,890
25th $23.09 $48,020
10th $18.22 $37,890
Executive Assistant Wages by State

In what states do executive assistants make the most? In what states do executive assistants make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $29.09 $60,520
Alaska $29.48 $61,320
Arizona $28.06 $58,370
Arkansas $25.01 $52,010
California $34.61 $71,990
Colorado $27.93 $58,100
Connecticut $35.29 $73,410
Delaware $32.47 $67,540
Florida $25.64 $53,330
Georgia $30.93 $64,330
Hawaii $31.12 $64,740
Idaho $23.81 $49,530
Illinois $28.86 $60,030
Indiana $25.67 $53,380
Iowa $24.96 $51,930
Kansas $24.69 $51,360
Kentucky $23.49 $48,870
Louisiana $21.01 $43,690
Maine $25.76 $53,580
Maryland $33.60 $69,900
Massachusetts $30.67 $63,800
Michigan $27.91 $58,060
Minnesota $28.97 $60,250
Mississippi $20.62 $42,900
Missouri $26.47 $55,060
Montana $25.46 $52,960
Nebraska $23.69 $49,270
Nevada $31.58 $65,680
New Hampshire $29.63 $61,630
New Jersey $32.89 $68,410
New Mexico $30.51 $63,460
New York $35.31 $73,450
North Carolina $28.03 $58,290
North Dakota $24.88 $51,760
Ohio $28.42 $59,110
Oklahoma $21.19 $44,080
Oregon $29.00 $60,320
Pennsylvania $29.13 $60,580
Rhode Island $31.99 $66,540
South Carolina $28.05 $58,350
South Dakota $19.40 $40,350
Tennessee $27.04 $56,240
Texas $28.54 $59,370
Utah $26.90 $55,940
Vermont $26.89 $55,930
Virginia $31.36 $65,230
Washington $30.75 $63,970
West Virginia $23.69 $49,270
Wisconsin $28.12 $58,500
Wyoming $23.38 $48,640
Metro Areas Where Executive Assistants Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bridgeport, CT $41.07 $85,420
San Francisco, CA $39.66 $82,480
San Jose, CA $39.54 $82,240
California-Lexington Park, MD $36.17 $75,230
New York, NY $35.89 $74,640
Washington, DC $35.07 $72,950
Oxnard, CA $34.94 $72,680
Corvallis, OR $34.74 $72,260
Napa, CA $34.73 $72,230
Midland, MI $34.72 $72,220
Executive Assistant Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $30.25 $62,920
2018 $29.59 $61,550
2017 $28.56 $59,400
2016 $27.84 $57,910
2015 $26.66 $55,460
2014 $25.76 $53,590
2013 $24.94 $51,870
2012 $24.14 $50,220
2011 $23.13 $48,120