How much does a Secretary make in the United States?

3.6k salaries reported, updated at July 24, 2021
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The average salary for a secretary is $13.90 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • 403(b)
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Dental insurance
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for secretaries

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The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 0.24% since 2018. Secretaries with this skill earn +73.89% more than the average base salary, which is $13.90 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012543increase by 543
20131594increase by 193.55%
20141553decrease by 2.57%
2015852decrease by 45.14%
20161013increase by 18.90%
2017698decrease by 31.10%
20181675increase by 139.97%
20191671decrease by 0.24%

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Most common benefits for Secretaries

  • 403(b)
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
  • Flexible spending account
  • Food provided
  • Employee discount
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
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Based on 8,295 ratings

47% of Secretaries in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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