How Much do Secretaries Make?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, secretaries in the United States earn an average of $39,180 a year, equivalent to $18.84 an hour. Secretaries make 27% less than the average American worker.

Secretaries in Connecticut are the best paid, making $48,320 a year, while secretaries in South Dakota make the least at $30,210.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Secretarie Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $27.68 $57,570
75th $22.84 $47,510
50th $18.12 $37,690
25th $14.47 $30,100
10th $11.66 $24,250
Secretarie Wages by State

In what states do secretaries make the most? In what states do secretaries 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 $17.40 $36,190
Alaska $20.76 $43,190
Arizona $17.81 $37,040
Arkansas $14.99 $31,180
California $21.58 $44,880
Colorado $19.18 $39,890
Connecticut $23.23 $48,320
Delaware $19.44 $40,440
Florida $17.34 $36,070
Georgia $16.63 $34,580
Hawaii $20.70 $43,060
Idaho $16.31 $33,920
Illinois $18.96 $39,440
Indiana $16.58 $34,490
Iowa $17.64 $36,690
Kansas $16.47 $34,260
Kentucky $16.54 $34,410
Louisiana $15.71 $32,670
Maine $18.43 $38,330
Maryland $20.27 $42,150
Massachusetts $23.01 $47,870
Michigan $18.62 $38,740
Minnesota $19.97 $41,540
Mississippi $15.64 $32,540
Missouri $17.41 $36,210
Montana $16.22 $33,750
Nebraska $16.96 $35,270
Nevada $19.46 $40,480
New Hampshire $18.54 $38,570
New Jersey $20.88 $43,440
New Mexico $16.95 $35,250
New York $20.43 $42,490
North Carolina $18.09 $37,620
North Dakota $18.30 $38,070
Ohio $17.80 $37,030
Oklahoma $15.70 $32,650
Oregon $19.83 $41,240
Pennsylvania $18.05 $37,540
Rhode Island $21.28 $44,270
South Carolina $17.68 $36,770
South Dakota $14.53 $30,210
Tennessee $17.74 $36,900
Texas $17.38 $36,160
Utah $17.59 $36,580
Vermont $18.51 $38,500
Virginia $19.74 $41,060
Washington $21.32 $44,340
West Virginia $15.86 $32,990
Wisconsin $18.21 $37,870
Wyoming $19.07 $39,660
Metro Areas Where Secretaries Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bridgeport, CT $25.08 $52,180
San Francisco, CA $24.60 $51,170
Trenton, NJ $23.69 $49,280
Ithaca, NY $23.58 $49,040
San Jose, CA $23.42 $48,720
Boston, MA $23.27 $48,410
Washington, DC $23.04 $47,910
Hartford, CT $22.97 $47,770
Olympia, WA $22.60 $47,000
Seattle, WA $22.51 $46,830
Secretarie Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $18.84 $39,180
2018 $18.28 $38,030
2017 $17.75 $36,920
2016 $17.38 $36,140
2015 $16.92 $35,200
2014 $16.59 $34,500
2013 $16.35 $34,000
2012 $16.13 $33,560
2011 $15.87 $33,020