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Office Support Workers

Office and Administrative Support Workers


Training and Education

Fast Facts*
Recommended Degree LevelCertificate or Higher
Salary, Typical$31,060
Salary Range$19K - $51K
Number of Jobs, 2012225,310
Annual Job Growth Rate3.2%
Job Openings per Year (est.)9,850

Prior to starting this profession, consider obtaining short-term on-the-job training. Government data shows that 32% of employees have a bachelor's degree or higher. Those who have gone to college, but don't have a degree make up 43% of office and administrative support workers. For 25% of workers a high-school education was all they required.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Of those surveyed, 14% of employees work part-time. Approximately 7% of office and administrative support workers work for themselves.


Area Job Conditions

The cities with the most employees jobs, compared to the population, are Springfield (Illinois), Corvallis (Oregon), and Carson City (Nevada). Fewer are found in Reading (Pennsylvania), McAllen (Texas), and Lancaster (Pennsylvania).

Office and administrative support workers earn higher incomes in Flagstaff (Arizona), Fort Smith (Arkansas), and Champaign (Illinois), and lower incomes in Miami (Florida), Gainesville (Florida), and Deltona (Florida).


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column -- for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$47,340$34K - $74K6800.39%
AKFairbanks$46,670$35K - $74K2900.81%
ALAnniston - Oxford$40,710$24K - $49K400.09%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$35,700$19K - $51K3600.07%
ALDothan$23,940$18K - $47K400.07%
ALHuntsville$32,900$25K - $48K2700.13%
ALMobile$32,380$20K - $56K1900.11%
ALMontgomery$39,550$22K - $47K1300.08%
ALTuscaloosa$38,300$22K - $64K1100.12%
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$32,620$26K - $39K5700.28%
ARHot Springs$17,410$16K - $19K2500.70%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$35,320$26K - $48K1500.04%
ARPine Bluff$18,890$16K - $40KN/AN/A
AZFlagstaff$32,350$26K - $48K600.10%
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$32,380$18K - $56K1,6600.10%
AZTucson$28,250$22K - $44KN/AN/A
CABakersfield - Delano$31,680$19K - $42K1,1800.43%
CAChico$20,000$18K - $29K3600.53%
CAEl Centro$40,660$24K - $47K400.07%
CAFresno$24,140$18K - $41K1,0300.33%
CAHanford - Corcoran$39,000$26K - $47K1200.31%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$23,710$18K - $42K17,1100.44%
CAMadera - Chowchilla$25,810$18K - $39K2900.74%
CAModesto$19,650$18K - $41K3600.23%
CANapa$22,990$18K - $54K1000.16%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$34,180$18K - $59KN/AN/A
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$28,360$21K - $47K7600.26%
CARedding$32,360$23K - $55K600.10%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$23,670$18K - $38K6,5700.57%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$23,340$18K - $43K4,3700.54%
CASalinas$35,050$19K - $55K6800.44%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$29,700$19K - $47K7,1700.57%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$35,180$22K - $59K5,1300.51%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$32,150$19K - $66K2,9700.33%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$24,290$18K - $59K4500.45%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$23,370$18K - $45K6,3100.45%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$19,370$18K - $38K5300.32%
CASanta Cruz - Watsonville$24,230$19K - $41K2800.34%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$29,760$18K - $57K3700.21%
CAStockton$31,690$19K - $56K8800.45%
CAVallejo - Fairfield$41,580$21K - $56K4400.36%
CAVisalia - Porterville$26,300$18K - $37K7400.56%
CAYuba City$23,410$18K - $38KN/AN/A
COBoulder$40,290$27K - $79K700.05%
COColorado Springs$37,620$17K - $51K2100.09%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$31,950$20K - $51K9700.08%
COFort Collins - Loveland$26,770$17K - $52K500.04%
COGrand Junction$18,880$16K - $38K600.10%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$19,950$18K - $53K8500.21%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$24,330$18K - $56K1,9600.36%
CTNew Haven$29,350$18K - $47K1,5100.56%
CTNorwich - New London$41,150$19K - $59K4500.35%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$41,870$27K - $61K4,2800.18%
DEDover$33,830$20K - $47K1000.17%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$37,140$18K - $55K5600.17%
FLCape Coral - Fort Myers$22,200$18K - $34K600.03%
FLCrestview - Fort Walton Beach - Destin$39,540$23K - $50K500.06%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$32,640$18K - $56KN/AN/A
FLGainesville$19,190$17K - $41K600.05%
FLJacksonville$24,110$18K - $47K5100.09%
FLLakeland - Winter Haven$31,020$17K - $53KN/AN/A
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$33,800$19K - $48K9400.09%
FLOcala$18,430$16K - $27K1700.19%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$25,090$17K - $54K7500.07%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$39,860$23K - $50KN/AN/A
FLPanama City - Lynn Haven - Panama City Beach$27,140$20K - $49K500.07%
FLPensacola - Ferry Pass - Brent$19,600$17K - $45K5300.35%
FLTallahassee$18,980$17K - $40K500.03%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$20,180$17K - $32K1,3300.12%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$19,940$17K - $54K7300.14%
GAAthens - Clarke County$47,820$34K - $73K500.06%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$39,250$21K - $59K1,0500.05%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$38,780$17K - $54K300.02%
GAColumbus$37,620$22K - $51K300.03%
GAMacon$29,670$26K - $40KN/AN/A
GASavannah$54,420$39K - $87K1600.11%
GAWarner Robins$24,930$17K - $43K1600.29%
HIHonolulu$33,030$17K - $49K1,2100.28%
IACedar Rapids$32,160$19K - $39K1100.08%
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$28,130$18K - $47K1600.09%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$27,980$21K - $38K2100.06%
IAIowa City$20,460$17K - $32K5600.66%
IAWaterloo - Cedar Falls$22,840$17K - $49K400.05%
IDBoise City - Nampa$33,190$19K - $49K2500.10%
ILBloomington - Normal$33,390$19K - $47KN/AN/A
ILChampaign - Urbana$51,040$23K - $74K2800.29%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$30,330$19K - $54K8,6700.24%
ILDanvilleN/AN/A - N/A500.19%
ILDecatur$19,830$18K - $46K500.09%
ILKankakee - Bradley$43,350$29K - $59K1500.38%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$33,460$19K - $53K6900.19%
ILPeoria$34,520$19K - $51K1500.08%
ILRockford$28,330$20K - $42K2000.14%
ILSpringfield$22,080$18K - $47K5600.52%
INBloomington$32,410$17K - $50K800.11%
INColumbus$41,810$27K - $58K800.17%
INElkhart - GoshenN/AN/A - N/A300.03%
INEvansville$30,470$18K - $48K2100.12%
INFort Wayne$33,840$25K - $57K1400.07%
INGary (Metro Area)$27,730$18K - $48K3100.12%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$34,540$23K - $51K1,3000.15%
INLafayette$29,340$19K - $47KN/AN/A
INMuncie$34,740$26K - $45KN/AN/A
INSouth Bend - Mishawaka$24,010$18K - $45K2500.20%
INTerre Haute$27,360$17K - $56K300.05%
KSLawrence$23,110$17K - $30K700.15%
KSManhattan$41,380$25K - $52K500.09%
KSTopeka$26,530$20K - $44K1400.13%
KSWichita$34,100$22K - $48K3300.12%
KYBowling Green$20,100$16K - $41K1100.19%
KYElizabethtown$21,290$16K - $47K1000.23%
KYLexington - Fayette$31,940$21K - $52K6400.26%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$32,000$18K - $47K1,3800.23%
KYOwensboro$22,730$20K - $31K800.17%
LAAlexandria$27,810$20K - $48K1000.17%
LABaton Rouge$29,310$22K - $45K2600.07%
LAHouma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux$24,200$20K - $47K600.07%
LALafayette$38,100$29K - $48K600.04%
LAMonroe$24,210$17K - $36K800.11%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$37,960$24K - $58K3100.06%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$33,470$24K - $45K900.05%
MABarnstable Town$22,370$18K - $53K300.03%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$41,710$18K - $70K1,5200.09%
MAHaverhill - North Andover - Amesbury (Metro Area)$25,110$17K - $43K1000.13%
MALawrence - Methuen - Salem (Metro Area)$31,750$17K - $52K1800.30%
MALowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)$39,420$20K - $52K700.06%
MASpringfield$29,240$19K - $47K1700.06%
MAWorcester$27,270$21K - $54K300.01%
MDBaltimore - Towson$33,650$25K - $55K3,6300.29%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$44,030$26K - $79K1,0000.18%
MDCumberlandN/AN/A - N/A500.15%
MDHagerstown - Martinsburg$31,500$23K - $57K1800.18%
MDSalisburyN/AN/A - N/A600.13%
MEBangor$22,980$18K - $36K2600.40%
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$27,660$19K - $45K1200.06%
MIAnn Arbor$34,050$25K - $51K1700.09%
MIBattle Creek$31,320$20K - $47K1100.20%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$35,480$20K - $61K9700.14%
MIFlint$19,710$17K - $48K900.07%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$35,800$20K - $50K6500.17%
MIHolland - Grand Haven$18,840$17K - $33KN/AN/A
MIJackson$48,010$27K - $48K500.09%
MIKalamazoo - Portage$27,680$21K - $40K1500.11%
MILansing - East Lansing$48,010$23K - $53KN/AN/A
MIMuskegon - Norton Shores$25,390$17K - $46K700.12%
MISaginaw - Saginaw Township North$24,100$17K - $56K800.09%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$32,490$22K - $56K1,5500.14%
MNDuluth$28,640$21K - $39K1400.12%
MNMankato - North Mankato$26,760$21K - $38K600.12%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$35,150$21K - $49K4,4400.25%
MNRochester$36,540$21K - $47K1500.15%
MNSt. Cloud$33,100$24K - $47K1300.14%
MOColumbia$28,290$21K - $43KN/AN/A
MOJefferson City$27,180$19K - $45K700.09%
MOJoplin$27,430$18K - $36K700.10%
MOKansas City$32,080$19K - $54K9300.10%
MOSpringfield$25,710$18K - $45K800.04%
MOSt. Louis$32,000$19K - $56K1,1500.09%
MSGulfport - Biloxi$33,390$18K - $48KN/AN/A
MSJackson$38,450$28K - $52K600.02%
MTMissoula$29,550$19K - $57K900.15%
NCAsheville$31,160$20K - $50K1100.07%
NCBurlington$19,110$16K - $55K300.06%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$35,480$22K - $52K7200.08%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$37,290$24K - $58K2600.10%
NCFayetteville$34,340$25K - $52K1300.10%
NCGreensboro - High Point$34,080$20K - $48K1600.05%
NCGreenville$34,950$17K - $53K400.06%
NCHickory - Lenoir - Morganton$28,760$18K - $38K500.03%
NCJacksonville$38,400$24K - $45K400.10%
NCRaleigh - Cary$32,260$21K - $46K5900.11%
NCRocky Mount$18,510$16K - $38K1800.32%
NCWilmington$34,680$19K - $48K1300.09%
NCWinston - Salem$33,140$25K - $49K2100.10%
NDFargo$29,320$17K - $47K900.07%
NELincoln$28,100$20K - $47K800.05%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$37,440$27K - $53K2200.05%
NHManchester$28,540$19K - $41K3600.36%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$23,570$17K - $43K5800.44%
NHPortsmouth$28,290$19K - $42K3300.59%
NHRochester - Dover$27,660$17K - $47K2900.55%
NJAtlantic City - Hammonton$40,840$23K - $58K2100.15%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$35,860$20K - $54K7300.15%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$36,240$23K - $55K1,2600.13%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$30,260$17K - $58K1,9900.21%
NJTrenton - Ewing$48,510$20K - $58K7600.35%
NJVineland - Millville - Bridgeton$40,430$27K - $54K1100.20%
NMAlbuquerque$36,540$27K - $49KN/AN/A
NMLas Cruces$29,460$18K - $43K600.08%
NMSanta Fe$30,900$27K - $36K1000.17%
NVCarson City$33,710$23K - $51K1400.53%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$28,540$17K - $47K5,2800.64%
NVReno - Sparks$30,640$21K - $50K1,1600.61%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$38,230$25K - $51K5800.14%
NYBinghamton$37,660$21K - $56K1000.10%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$41,350$26K - $67K1,0900.20%
NYGlens Falls$19,260$16K - $37K400.07%
NYIthaca$33,460$19K - $48K1300.26%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$41,890$21K - $59K9800.08%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$34,520$22K - $45K17,9500.35%
NYPoughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown$30,310$17K - $52K3100.13%
NYRochester$28,410$21K - $44K1,0200.21%
NYSyracuse$35,860$18K - $57K4300.14%
NYUtica - Rome$28,560$19K - $40KN/AN/A
OHAkron$31,040$18K - $44K1900.06%
OHCanton - Massillon$36,790$22K - $57KN/AN/A
OHCincinnati - Middletown$37,450$25K - $58K5700.06%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$31,970$23K - $45K5900.06%
OHColumbus$29,730$18K - $52K1,1400.12%
OHDayton$33,630$25K - $47K2600.07%
OHToledo$28,890$19K - $39K900.03%
OHYoungstown - Warren - Boardman$35,250$23K - $45K700.03%
OKLawton$39,560$28K - $47K400.09%
OKOklahoma City$32,990$25K - $48K3500.06%
OKTulsa$33,260$22K - $66K1900.05%
ORBend$26,670$20K - $40K3000.50%
ORCorvallis$29,150$19K - $41K1200.36%
OREugene - Springfield$25,200$19K - $43K8500.62%
ORMedford$31,350$20K - $43K3600.48%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$33,310$21K - $47K4,5200.45%
ORSalem$30,640$19K - $53K5600.39%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$36,000$24K - $59K1600.05%
PAErie$28,920$22K - $44K400.03%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$42,190$32K - $54K2800.09%
PAJohnstown$35,740$15K - $50K700.12%
PALancaster$24,290$20K - $46KN/AN/A
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$35,790$22K - $59K8100.04%
PAPittsburgh$36,750$23K - $53K7600.07%
PAReading$39,280$27K - $58K300.02%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$30,680$22K - $67K1100.04%
PAYork - Hanover$46,430$37K - $52K800.04%
PRAguadilla - Isabela - San Sebastian$18,850$16K - $29K600.14%
PRFajardo$18,360$16K - $26K400.32%
PRGuayama$18,600$16K - $24K400.31%
PRPonce$20,060$17K - $39K900.17%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$22,130$17K - $38K1,3400.18%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$21,570$16K - $48K3800.07%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$17,750$16K - $41K1,1700.40%
SCColumbia$29,790$19K - $46K1700.05%
SCGreenville - Mauldin - Easley$30,030$22K - $47K400.01%
TNChattanooga$34,190$21K - $64K2600.12%
TNJackson$18,980$16K - $37K500.08%
TNJohnson City$26,880$20K - $46K700.09%
TNKingsport - Bristol - Bristol$43,200$22K - $103K2000.17%
TNKnoxville$27,980$18K - $47K6400.20%
TNMemphis$37,620$23K - $63K1,0000.17%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$29,400$21K - $47K9800.13%
TXAbilene$31,240$26K - $38K700.12%
TXAmarillo$42,460$31K - $53K700.06%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$39,610$23K - $56K7900.10%
TXCorpus Christi$37,240$19K - $53K500.03%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$40,020$21K - $57K1,7000.08%
TXEl Paso$32,490$18K - $48K800.03%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$31,090$17K - $54K8100.09%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$39,220$26K - $58K1,1900.05%
TXLongview$28,850$18K - $56K500.05%
TXLubbock$22,580$19K - $40K300.03%
TXMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission$25,940$17K - $37KN/AN/A
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$38,410$25K - $50K4400.05%
TXTexarkana - Texarkana$41,370$31K - $48KN/AN/A
TXTyler$25,220$20K - $38K400.04%
UTOgden - Clearfield$32,580$20K - $63K1400.07%
UTProvo - Orem$33,930$24K - $44K1000.06%
UTSalt Lake City$31,190$19K - $45K6800.11%
VABlacksburg - Christiansburg - Radford$31,530$26K - $43K6401.01%
VACharlottesville$23,240$17K - $43K4600.48%
VADanville$22,250$17K - $37K500.15%
VAHarrisonburg$35,000$26K - $70K800.14%
VALynchburg$26,780$17K - $36K2100.21%
VARichmond$34,220$25K - $45K1,6800.28%
VARoanoke$31,450$25K - $40K2700.18%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$33,970$24K - $47K1,5000.21%
VAWinchester$34,070$23K - $49K500.10%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$28,020$19K - $46K300.03%
WABellingham$32,430$22K - $48K2200.29%
WABremerton - Silverdale$32,560$25K - $47K2200.28%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$37,770$26K - $49K2600.26%
WALongview$28,450$25K - $42K700.22%
WAMount Vernon - Anacortes$27,220$21K - $41K1200.29%
WAOlympia$30,390$23K - $44K1700.18%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$36,910$25K - $49K3,4900.25%
WASpokane$30,830$22K - $48K6100.31%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$34,870$25K - $53K5800.23%
WAWenatchee - East Wenatchee$36,990$23K - $47K600.15%
WAYakima$31,390$22K - $38K1000.12%
WIAppleton$26,210$18K - $37K1300.11%
WIGreen Bay$26,730$17K - $44K1000.06%
WIJanesville$29,180$20K - $38K500.07%
WILa Crosse$27,700$17K - $38K600.09%
WIMadison$32,070$21K - $48K5000.15%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$34,120$23K - $49K6800.08%
WIOshkosh - Neenah$22,830$18K - $36K500.06%
WIRacine$18,220$16K - $24K800.12%
WISheboygan$32,450$23K - $38K300.06%
WIWausau$32,750$26K - $44KN/AN/A
WVWheeling$29,740$19K - $45K500.07%
WYCheyenne$40,480$24K - $54K700.16%