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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Office and Administrative Support Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Office and Administrative Support Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Office and Administrative Support Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers $49,990

Supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.

Industries:

Depository Credit Intermediation: $46,850
Offices of Physicians: $48,570
Local Government (OES Designation): $51,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $56,880
Department Stores: $31,530

Top Paying:

Postal Service: $71,660
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $67,510
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: $66,050
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas: $65,880
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution: $65,350

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Connecticut: $53,960
Georgia: $49,020
New Hampshire: $47,050
New Mexico: $41,740
New York: $56,420

Top Paying:

District of Columbia: $67,170
New York: $56,420
California: $55,070
Massachusetts: $54,860
Connecticut: $53,960

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Johnson City, TN: $40,920
Athens-Clarke County, GA: $40,080
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: $58,820
Lubbock, TX: $44,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $54,870

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $61,820
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $60,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $60,040
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division: $59,770
Decatur, IL: $59,220

Postal Service Mail Carriers $48,940

Sort mail for delivery and deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.

Industries:

Postal Service: $48,940

Top Paying:

Postal Service: $48,940

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Michigan: $48,710
Connecticut: $50,130
New Jersey: $50,370
Rhode Island: $50,330
Missouri: $47,750

Top Paying:

District of Columbia: $51,600
Alaska: $51,360
Hawaii: $51,230
California: $50,830
Massachusetts: $50,500

Metropolitan areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Palm Coast, FL: $44,520
Madera, CA: $50,080
Punta Gorda, FL: $47,050
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL: $47,010
Monroe, MI: $46,740

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Fairbanks, AK: $52,530
Carson City, NV: $52,440
Honolulu, HI: $52,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $52,130
Peabody, MA NECTA Division: $52,060

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators $48,260

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail by State, type of mail, or other scheme. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Employees must complete a competitive exam. This list excludes "Postal Service Clerks" and "Postal Service Mail Carriers."

Industries:

Postal Service: $48,260

Top Paying:

Postal Service: $48,260

States with the Largest Number of workers:

New Jersey: $49,800
Alaska: $40,790
Illinois: $48,960
Montana: $39,240
Missouri: $47,320

Top Paying:

District of Columbia: $51,240
Connecticut: $50,640
Rhode Island: $50,360
Florida: $50,290
Delaware: $50,210

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Springfield, MA-CT: $49,450
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division: $51,100
Manchester, NH: $51,500
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: $48,670
Greensboro-High Point, NC: $49,510

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division: $52,930
Framingham, MA NECTA Division: $52,380
Peabody, MA NECTA Division: $52,360
Danbury, CT: $52,230
Waterbury, CT: $51,980

Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants $44,010

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff. Exclude "Secretaries."

Industries:

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $43,090
Local Government (OES Designation): $45,820
State Government (OES Designation): $39,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $48,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools: $43,470

Top Paying:

Postal Service: $63,880
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $57,870
Securities and Commodity Exchanges: $56,730
Tobacco Manufacturing: $56,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $55,660

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

District of Columbia: $49,630
New York: $51,890
Vermont: $40,600
California: $47,930
Alaska: $44,960

Top Paying:

New Jersey: $53,950
New York: $51,890
Maryland: $50,330
Massachusetts: $49,630
District of Columbia: $49,630

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Durham, NC: $41,340
Topeka, KS: $34,170
Tallahassee, FL: $37,460
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $55,870
Springfield, IL : $49,530

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $55,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $55,250
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division: $55,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $53,870
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division: $53,630
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Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $43,260

Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems. The list exclude "Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping."

Industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises: $44,840
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: $50,210
Postal Service: $53,080
Wired Telecommunications Carriers: $47,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $36,620

Top Paying:

Other Pipeline Transportation: $63,230
Metal Ore Mining: $62,690
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services: $58,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $58,250
Waste Treatment and Disposal: $57,700

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Utah: $41,330
Connecticut: $47,700
Kansas: $43,750
California: $47,690
Texas: $40,460

Top Paying:

Massachusetts: $48,920
Maryland: $48,340
Connecticut: $47,700
California: $47,690
District of Columbia: $47,430

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Wichita, KS: $49,070
Warner Robins, GA: $52,180
Evansville, IN-KY: $32,100
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA: $75,810
Ogden-Clearfield, UT: $44,420

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA: $75,810
Portsmouth, NH-ME: $62,790
Decatur, IL: $61,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $57,690
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA: $55,950

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copyright Information: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a Federal government agency and everything that we publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations. You are free to use our public domain material without specific permission, although we do ask that you cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source.” 

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