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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in California

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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Secretary or Administrative Assistant?

-4% Jobs Projection
$42,250 Median Salary
23,450 Job Openings

While jobs for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in California are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.

  • Employment for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in California is expected to decrease.

  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in California earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Work in California?

In California, there were 238,840 people working as Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in the year 2018.

There were 239,080 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 240 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 29,550 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants working in it, which means California has more Secretaries and Administrative Assistants than average.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in this state are declining at a rate of 4.5% which is a slower decline than the nationwide estimated projection of %.

Job Projections for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 23,450 annual job openings, and a total of 225,400 jobs for California Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 244,300 annual jobs and 2,371,300 total jobs in 2026.

What do Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants ranged from $26,430 to $62,310 with $42,250 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $12.71 to $29.96. The median hourly rate was $20.31.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.47 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.84.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Secretaries and Administrative Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 92,170 $42,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 33,060 $48,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 20,030 $38,730
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 19,720 $40,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 14,460 $47,060
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 13,610 $39,070
Fresno, CA 4,850 $37,970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 4,740 $39,910
Bakersfield, CA 3,910 $39,560
Santa Rosa, CA 3,150 $43,520
Stockton-Lodi, CA 2,790 $39,410
Modesto, CA 2,590 $37,750
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 2,400 $44,690
Visalia-Porterville, CA 2,180 $36,590
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 2,030 $41,970
Salinas, CA 1,990 $42,540
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,530 $38,790
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 1,440 $43,410
Chico, CA 1,280 $34,170
Redding, CA 1,110 $35,170
Merced, CA 1,000 $42,750
Napa, CA 940 $44,840
El Centro, CA 650 $40,780
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 500 $36,750
Yuba City, CA 490 $37,300
Madera, CA 480 $36,450

Top States for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Employment

View the list below to see where most Secretaries and Administrative Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 238,840 $42,250
New York 178,520 $40,110
Texas 176,480 $34,250
Florida 142,550 $33,540
Pennsylvania 93,280 $35,300
Missouri 69,510 $33,750
Illinois 67,780 $36,200
Georgia 66,330 $33,420
Ohio 66,030 $35,550
New Jersey 62,790 $41,400
Maryland 56,670 $40,230
Michigan 55,410 $35,920
North Carolina 55,380 $36,330
Tennessee 48,410 $33,720
Alabama 46,100 $34,650
Arizona 44,980 $34,680
Massachusetts 41,540 $46,440
Virginia 41,390 $37,890
Colorado 38,610 $37,360
South Carolina 34,550 $34,790

Below are the states where Secretaries and Administrative Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $48,220
Massachusetts $46,440
Connecticut $45,260
Rhode Island $42,710
California $42,250
Washington $41,970
New Jersey $41,400
Alaska $41,150
Maryland $40,230
New York $40,110

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 70,850
Legal Secretaries 26,220

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