Office & Administrative Support Occupations

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Total Workforce
17.5M
Average Age
42.5
Average Salary
$38,073
Average Male Salary
$46,025
Average Female Salary
$35,258

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Office & Administrative Support Occupations are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Office & Administrative Support Occupations was $38,073 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Office & Administrative Support Occupations by wage are Production Occupations, Transportation Occupations, and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations.

Office & Administrative Support Occupations are part of the Office & Administrative Support Occupations, along with Office & Administrative Support Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Office & Administrative Support Occupations are Cedar Rapids City PUMA, IA, Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK, and Hillsborough County (Central) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Office & Administrative Support Occupations are San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR, San Juan Municipio (Sur) PUMA, PR, and Co-op City, Pelham Bay & Schuylerville PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Office & Administrative Support Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Office & Administrative Support Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Office & Administrative Support Occupations, by average wage, is Metal ore mining. Office & Administrative Support Occupations are paid most in Upper East Side PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,073
AVERAGE SALARY
± $210

In 2018, Office & Administrative Support Occupations earned an average of $38,073, $15,815 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Production Occupations make somewhat more than Office & Administrative Support Occupations while Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Office & Administrative Support Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.384
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Office & Administrative Support Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.384, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Office & Administrative Support Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Office & Administrative Support Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Office & Administrative Support Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Office & Administrative Support Occupations, by number of employees, are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, Banking & related activities, and Postal Service.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Office & Administrative Support Occupations, by average wage, are Metal ore mining, Petroleum refining, Software publishing, U. S Coast Guard, Pipeline transportation, and Oil & gas extraction.

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Industries by Share

17.5M
2018 Workforce
± 96,589
-9.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 0.839%

The number of people employed as Office & Administrative Support Occupations has been declining at a rate of -9.8%, from 19,437,905 people in 2017 to 17,533,917 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Office & Administrative Support Occupations employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Office & Administrative Support Occupations at  4.67%, followed by Banking & related activities with 3.86% and Postal Service with 3.18%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Office & Administrative Support Occupations in the US. The average age of male Office & Administrative Support Occupations in the workforce is 39.8 and of female Office & Administrative Support Occupations is 43.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Office & Administrative Support Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

4.58M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 51,752
13M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 84,438

73.9% of Office & Administrative Support Occupations are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Office & Administrative Support Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Office & Administrative Support Occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

62.6% of Office & Administrative Support Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.3% of Office & Administrative Support Occupations, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Office & Administrative Support Occupations.

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Age by Gender

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.169
43.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.101

The median age of Office & Administrative Support Occupations is 42.5, and Male employees are generally 3.69 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Office & Administrative Support Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Office & Administrative Support Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Office & Administrative Support Occupations hold a major in Legal.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Office & Administrative Support Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Office & Administrative Support Occupations need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Office & Administrative Support Occupations need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Quality Control Analysis, and Operation and Control.

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