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Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants in Los Angeles County

May also be called: Executive Assistants; Administrative Secretaries; Office Managers; Administrative Coordinators; Administrative Associates; Executive Administrative Assistants; Administrative Aides; and Administrative Services Assistants

What Would I Do?

Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants serve as information and communication managers for an office. They plan and schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, manage projects, conduct research, and give out information over the telephone.

Work for Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants often requires sitting for long periods and working at computer monitors. Most work a standard 40-hour week.

Will This Job Fit Me?

This occupation satisfies those with conventional interests, and who like following a set of procedures and routines. This type of work would appeal to someone who is organized, has good interpersonal skills, and who can adapt quickly to change. People who can work independently, think quickly, and be discreet with their employer’s information might like this type of work.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Salaries vary, reflecting differences in skill, experience, size of organization, and status of the executive they serve. Certification in this field usually is rewarded by a higher salary. The highest wages tend to be in private corporations.

The median wage in 2021 for Executive Secretaries in California was $75,786 annually, or $36.44 hourly. The median wage for Executive Secretaries in Los Angeles County was $73,067 annually, or $35.13 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$60,688$75,786$91,446
Los Angeles County$59,525$73,067$85,638
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most full-time workers in this occupation receive a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, sick leave, holiday leave, and vacation pay. Some firms offer retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Growing industries, such as administrative and support services; health care and social assistance; educational services; and professional, scientific, and technical services, will continue to generate most new job opportunities. Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of software applications.

How Do I Qualify?

Education requirements vary from employer to employer. The best paid jobs require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or certification from a professional organization or training program, plus several years’ related experience.

Finding a Job

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