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14.1% Jobs Projection
$41,970 Median Salary
5,490 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in Washington are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in Washington is growing faster than average.

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

How Many Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Work in Washington?

In Washington, there were 33,950 people working as Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in the year 2018.

There were 36,510 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 2,560 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in WA Employment Trend

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

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in WA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Washington

Jobs for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 14.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of -6.5%.

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

Washington Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 5,490 annual Secretaries and Administrative Assistants job openings in Washington, and 48,790 total jobs in the year 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 Washington?

In 2018 wages for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants ranged from $29,260 to $59,840 with $41,970 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.07 to $28.77. The median hourly rate was $20.18.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.41 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.77.

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

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Earnings: WA vs. National Average

Top Washington 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
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 17,140 $40,450
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 16,810 $45,310
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 2,970 $37,770
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 2,140 $44,310
Kennewick-Richland, WA 1,530 $41,030
Bellingham, WA 1,090 $38,210
Yakima, WA 1,020 $38,890
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 1,020 $41,930
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 570 $42,020
Wenatchee, WA 550 $38,980
Longview, WA 450 $40,060
Walla Walla, WA 390 $36,910
Lewiston, ID-WA 370 $31,000

Top States for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Employment

The table below shows the states 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 WA Employment Total
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 8,590
Legal Secretaries 2,780

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