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Secretaries

Secretaries are responsible for coordinating an office's administrative activities. At its core, this job ensures that an office runs smoothly. There are a wide variety of clerical and administrative duties that secretaries need to accomplish in order to make this happen. They schedule appointments, draft correspondence, provide information to outsiders, handle office inventory, and create and maintain files in either hard-copy or electronic form.

Some secretaries perform highly specialized work requiring special knowledge and skills. For example, executive secretaries and administrative assistants work for high-ranking executives within an organization and provide senior-level administrative and clerical support. These professionals may also manage the scheduling for a top executive or senior manager, thereby becoming a most trusted aide.

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Secretary Schools

Secretary education requirements, which can vary widely, depend on the specific job. Education for this profession can be obtained through business programs offered by high schools, junior colleges, community colleges, and postsecondary schools. Some schools have work-study programs in which students can work in clerical jobs while still in school. Students can also seek out summer employment in the clerical field. Helpful courses to take while in school include business software, business math, computers, word processing, and office practices. The following schools offer administrative assistant training programs that lead to certificates or associate degrees:

  • Penn Foster Career Schools - This online school provides an administrative assistant career diploma program that can prepare students to become an administrative assistant in as little as five months.
  • Indiana Wesleyan University - This evangelical Christian university offers an online Associate of Science in business that can prepare students to support the daily operations of a business.
  • Herzing University - This Wisconsin-based school offers an Associate of Science in business studies that provides the fundamentals of business discipline. This degree can be completed online or at one of Herzing's four campuses.
  • Baker College Online - This fully online school offers an Associate of Science in business that combines classroom instruction with real-world experience.
  • Colorado Technical University - This university offers an online Associate of Science in business administration with a focus on communications and decision-making skills in the workforce.

Secretary Education Requirements

The minimum formal training required in this field is a high school diploma. Individuals with this level of education must also learn basic office skills in order to secure an entry-level position. Secretary education requirements that go beyond the diploma level may be completed through one- and two-year office administration training programs generally offered by community colleges and vocational schools. Temporary placement agencies are also known to offer secretary training in office and computer skills.

Specialized secretaries typically require a higher level of education. Most medical and legal secretaries are required to enroll in specialized training programs that impart industry-related knowledge. Employers of executive secretaries are increasingly inclined to seek candidates with a college degree. A degree which is related to the business or industry in which a candidate seeks employment can provide the applicant with a distinct advantage in the job market.

Once on the job, most secretaries will learn more advanced skills over time. This may come in the form of instruction by other colleagues, software or equipment vendors, instructor-led classes, or online courses. As technologies and office automation continue to evolve, continuing education will remain a critical element in the role of a secretary.

Administrative Assistant Training Programs

In recent years, with the reliance on office technology expanding at a rapid pace, the secretary's role has evolved to the point where secretaries now assume responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. For example, many secretaries now conduct research on the Internet, operate and troubleshoot new office technologies, and provide training to new staff members.

All these responsibilities require well-developed word processing, writing and communication skills. Most administrative assistant training programs will help students sharpen these skills.

If you are seeking formal secretarial training, you have several options:

  • Associate Degree: Some vocational schools and community colleges offer one- to two-year training programs in office administration and secretarial duties. These are beneficial for developing basic office skills and improving your chances of employment at entry-level positions. Associate degrees in business related fields are also helpful for learning the fundamentals of running a successful business.
  • Bachelor's Degree: Executive secretaries and higher-level administrative positions will sometimes require a college degree, preferably in a business discipline or in a field related to the company's business.
  • Specialized Training: Those seeking employment in specialized fields, such as medical and legal, may be required to attend administrative assistant training programs specific to that field.

After completing your training and landing yourself a job, make sure to stay informed on new office and organizational technologies.

Secretary Certification and Licensing

Industry-recognized certifications are available through organizations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS), and Legal Secretaries International.

Certifications are awarded at different proficiency levels, and more advanced varieties can be earned as secretaries advance and gain experience in their careers. Some of the more prominent designations include the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certifications, which can be earned by establishing a certain experience or educational threshold level and by passing an examination. Legal secretaries with one year of experience in the legal field can acquire the Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) designation through a testing process administered by NALS.

Resources for Secretaries

Sources:

    1. Baker College Online, http://www.baker.edu/baker-online/programs-degrees/interests/business/
    2. Colorado Technical University, http://www.coloradotech.edu/degrees/associate/business
    3. Herzing University, https://www.herzing.edu/career-programs/business/business-studies
    4. Indiana Wesleyan University, https://www.indwes.edu/adult-graduate/as-business/
    5. Penn Foster Career Schools, http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/administrative-assistant/administrative-assistant-career-diploma
    6. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm

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    Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
    Secretaries

    Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Secretaries relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Metro Area Jobs Salary
    (2013)
    Relative
    Popularity

    Alabama

         
    Anniston 880 $31670 1.25
    Oxford 880 $31670 1.25
    Jacksonville 880 $31670 1.25
    Auburn 1490 $33480 1.7
    Opelika 1490 $33480 1.7
    Florence 1310 $29350 1.55
    Muscle Shoals 1310 $29350 1.55
    Gadsden 700 $29100 1.19
    Huntsville 4570 $34770 1.29
    Daphne 1880 $31380 1.71
    Fairhope 1880 $31380 1.71
    Foley 1880 $31380 1.71
    Decatur 1140 $31130 1.32
    Dothan 1290 $30570 1.41
    Birmingham 12450 $34700 1.51
    Hoover 12450 $34700 1.51
    Mobile 4270 $31470 1.52
    Montgomery 3890 $33570 1.45
    Tuscaloosa 2310 $32920 1.4

    Alaska

         
    Anchorage 3550 $35520 1.21
    Fairbanks 820 $38070 1.31

    Arizona

         
    Flagstaff 860 $31580 0.9
    Phoenix 28620 $34010 0.92
    Mesa 28620 $34010 0.92
    Scottsdale 28620 $34010 0.92
    Prescott 1120 $30390 1.17
    Lake Havasu City 930 $28880 1.24
    Kingman 930 $28880 1.24
    Sierra Vista 580 $26520 1.04
    Douglas 580 $26520 1.04
    Tucson 6240 $31530 1.06
    Yuma 790 $28340 0.78

    Arkansas

         
    Hot Springs 500 $25750 0.85
    Jonesboro 700 $27680 0.82
    Pine Bluff 620 $24710 1.19
    Little Rock 5470 $29370 0.98
    North Little Rock 5470 $29370 0.98
    Conway 5470 $29370 0.98

    California

         
    Bakersfield 3470 $34900 0.71
    Fresno 4250 $33140 0.75
    Hanford 370 $32940 0.57
    Corcoran 370 $32940 0.57
    Chico 1220 $34250 1.02
    El Centro 580 $35870 0.64
    Oxnard 4230 $37610 0.87
    Thousand Oaks 4230 $37610 0.87
    Ventura 4230 $37610 0.87
    Redding 760 $30170 0.78
    Riverside 17320 $37290 0.8
    San Bernardino 17320 $37290 0.8
    Ontario 17320 $37290 0.8
    Sacramento 12110 $35900 0.84
    Roseville 12110 $35900 0.84
    Arden 12110 $35900 0.84
    Arcade 12110 $35900 0.84
    Salinas 1900 $38340 0.71
    Los Angeles 80460 $38240 0.86
    Long Beach 80460 $38240 0.86
    Anaheim 80460 $38240 0.86
    Madera 480 $34420 0.74
    Merced 760 $34970 0.72
    Modesto 2340 $33120 0.85
    Napa 980 $37600 0.85
    San Diego 19300 $38150 0.86
    Carlsbad 19300 $38150 0.86
    Santa Cruz 1300 $36930 0.88
    Watsonville 1300 $36930 0.88
    Santa Maria 2440 $39550 0.81
    Santa Barbara 2440 $39550 0.81
    Santa Rosa 2680 $39770 0.86
    San Francisco 30170 $43750 0.83
    Oakland 30170 $43750 0.83
    Hayward 30170 $43750 0.83
    Stockton 2770 $37650 0.77
    Lodi 2770 $37650 0.77
    San Jose 11280 $43890 0.67
    Sunnyvale 11280 $43890 0.67
    Santa Clara 11280 $43890 0.67
    Vallejo 1760 $37020 0.85
    Fairfield 1760 $37020 0.85
    Visalia 1800 $33100 0.77
    Porterville 1800 $33100 0.77
    Yuba City 600 $32920 0.94
    San Luis Obispo 1710 $35030 0.93
    Paso Robles 1710 $35030 0.93
    Arroyo Grande 1710 $35030 0.93

    Colorado

         
    Fort Collins 3810 $34990 1.58
    Grand Junction 1740 $32460 1.78
    Greeley 2360 $32240 1.43
    Boulder 3410 $36890 1.2
    Colorado Springs 6050 $33450 1.4
    Denver 29470 $37460 1.3
    Aurora 29470 $37460 1.3
    Lakewood 29470 $37460 1.3
    Pueblo 1060 $33100 1.11

    Connecticut

         
    Hartford 10190 $42980 1.07
    West Hartford 10190 $42980 1.07
    East Hartford 10190 $42980 1.07
    New Haven 6320 $41360 1.36
    Waterbury 1400 $34900 1.25
    Bridgeport 8330 $41200 1.21
    Stamford 8330 $41200 1.21
    Norwalk 8330 $41200 1.21
    Danbury 1490 $38060 1.14

    Delaware

         
    Dover 1410 $35260 1.37

    Florida

         
    Gainesville 2500 $29390 1.2
    Homosassa Springs 810 $27040 1.59
    Jacksonville 12210 $30290 1.19
    Cape Coral 5670 $30490 1.45
    Fort Myers 5670 $30490 1.45
    Crestview 2360 $31310 1.41
    Fort Walton Beach 2360 $31310 1.41
    Destin 2360 $31310 1.41
    Deltona 5450 $28570 1.81
    Daytona Beach 5450 $28570 1.81
    Ormond Beach 5450 $28570 1.81
    Orlando 21220 $30930 1.15
    Kissimmee 21220 $30930 1.15
    Sanford 21220 $30930 1.15
    Palm Bay 3930 $30060 1.21
    Melbourne 3930 $30060 1.21
    Titusville 3930 $30060 1.21
    Panama City 1470 $29110 1.12
    Pensacola 3670 $28320 1.37
    Ferry Pass 3670 $28320 1.37
    Brent 3670 $28320 1.37
    Port St. Lucie 3450 $29030 1.58
    Punta Gorda 1310 $27590 1.83
    Lakeland 3910 $28900 1.15
    Winter Haven 3910 $28900 1.15
    Miami 55670 $31620 1.38
    Fort Lauderdale 55670 $31620 1.38
    West Palm Beach 55670 $31620 1.38
    Naples 3110 $32570 1.43
    Immokalee 3110 $32570 1.43
    Marco Island 3110 $32570 1.43
    North Port 5480 $30650 1.21
    Sarasota 5480 $30650 1.21
    Bradenton 5480 $30650 1.21
    Ocala 2570 $27110 1.63
    Sebastian 1350 $31340 1.75
    Vero Beach 1350 $31340 1.75
    Sebring 620 $26600 1.5
    Tallahassee 5070 $30360 1.91
    Tampa 25200 $31110 1.25
    St. Petersburg 25200 $31110 1.25
    Clearwater 25200 $31110 1.25
    The Villages 430 $27210 1.08

    Georgia

         
    Albany 920 $26710 0.96
    Athens 1410 $33270 1.07
    Clarke County 1410 $33270 1.07
    Atlanta 34770 $35050 0.85
    Sandy Springs 34770 $35050 0.85
    Roswell 34770 $35050 0.85
    Gainesville 1200 $32690 0.92
    Hinesville 200 $31220 0.75
    Brunswick 530 $28940 0.83
    Dalton 950 $30670 0.88
    Rome 530 $29310 0.91
    Macon 1510 $29090 0.94
    Savannah 3670 $34310 1.38
    Valdosta 840 $26970 1
    Warner Robins 640 $30620 0.58

    Hawaii

         
    Kahului 870 $34720 0.73
    Wailuku 870 $34720 0.73
    Lahaina 870 $34720 0.73
    Urban Honolulu 7480 $39560 1

    Idaho

         
    Idaho Falls 900 $29380 0.91
    Boise City 4300 $29960 0.91
    Coeur d'Alene 750 $30090 0.81
    Pocatello 620 $28730 1.16

    Illinois

         
    Bloomington 1770 $35170 1.12
    Carbondale 790 $26790 0.91
    Marion 790 $26790 0.91
    Champaign 1420 $33340 0.87
    Urbana 1420 $33340 0.87
    Danville 440 $29340 0.95
    Decatur 850 $28040 1.06
    Peoria 2720 $29380 0.93
    Rockford 2300 $31610 0.95
    Kankakee 610 $29930 0.87
    Springfield 1600 $32670 0.9

    Indiana

         
    Fort Wayne 2790 $33380 0.81
    Bloomington 770 $32460 0.7
    Indianapolis 11980 $34690 0.73
    Carmel 11980 $34690 0.73
    Anderson 11980 $34690 0.73
    Columbus 370 $29730 0.46
    Elkhart 770 $31140 0.37
    Goshen 770 $31140 0.37
    Kokomo 420 $28240 0.65
    Lafayette 1670 $30370 1.12
    West Lafayette 1670 $30370 1.12
    Michigan City 620 $30080 0.94
    La Porte 620 $30080 0.94
    Muncie 570 $33840 0.81
    Terre Haute 1170 $29140 1.06

    Iowa

         
    Ames 620 $39840 0.86
    Iowa City 1370 $36800 0.93
    Cedar Rapids 1630 $28870 0.7
    Des Moines 3430 $35700 0.6
    West Des Moines 3430 $35700 0.6
    Dubuque 780 $29160 0.81
    Waterloo 1010 $30880 0.69
    Cedar Falls 1010 $30880 0.69

    Kansas

         
    Lawrence 1320 $30720 1.63
    Manhattan 1100 $28550 1.77
    Topeka 2590 $31150 1.44
    Wichita 5270 $30610 1.08

    Kentucky

         
    Bowling Green 1270 $27020 1.1
    Elizabethtown 900 $27880 1.05
    Fort Knox 900 $27880 1.05
    Owensboro 880 $27670 1.1
    Lexington 4270 $33960 0.98
    Fayette 4270 $33960 0.98

    Louisiana

         
    Alexandria 1240 $25820 1.22
    Baton Rouge 6880 $28590 1.06
    Hammond 780 $28460 1.15
    Houma 1730 $26930 1.08
    Thibodaux 1730 $26930 1.08
    Lafayette 3530 $28020 0.98
    Lake Charles 1570 $26640 0.98
    Monroe 1520 $27480 1.21
    New Orleans 8960 $31310 0.97
    Metairie 8960 $31310 0.97
    Shreveport 3150 $27880 1.05
    Bossier City 3150 $27880 1.05

    Maine

         
    Lewiston 830 $30260 1.01
    Auburn 830 $30260 1.01
    Portland 2910 $35520 0.89
    South Portland 2910 $35520 0.89
    Bangor 1370 $31150 1.3

    Maryland

         
    Baltimore 31170 $37840 1.43
    Columbia 31170 $37840 1.43
    Towson 31170 $37840 1.43
    California 1190 $40310 1.65
    Lexington Park 1190 $40310 1.65

    Massachusetts

         
    Leominster 540 $37230 0.66
    Gardner 540 $37230 0.66
    New Bedford 580 $34840 0.55
    Pittsfield 500 $37270 0.74
    Barnstable Town 1220 $40340 0.73

    Michigan

         
    Ann Arbor 2010 $36490 0.58
    Battle Creek 750 $32400 0.82
    Bay City 480 $28250 0.83
    Flint 1900 $30340 0.86
    Grand Rapids 6510 $31210 0.75
    Wyoming 6510 $31210 0.75
    Jackson 760 $31660 0.76
    Detroit 21720 $34320 0.69
    Warren 21720 $34320 0.69
    Dearborn 21720 $34320 0.69
    Saginaw 1130 $31750 0.82
    Lansing 3970 $38100 1.17
    East Lansing 3970 $38100 1.17
    Kalamazoo 1650 $30860 0.74
    Portage 1650 $30860 0.74
    Midland 440 $33060 0.75
    Monroe 570 $33020 0.9
    Muskegon 840 $31360 0.82
    Niles 830 $29610 0.84
    Benton Harbor 830 $29610 0.84

    Minnesota

         
    Rochester 1130 $36200 0.61
    St. Cloud 1290 $37050 0.77
    Mankato 550 $35590 0.66
    North Mankato 550 $35590 0.66

    Mississippi

         
    Gulfport 3140 $30740 1.29
    Biloxi 3140 $30740 1.29
    Pascagoula 3140 $30740 1.29
    Hattiesburg 1280 $27560 1.33
    Jackson 6080 $29650 1.41

    Missouri

         
    Jefferson City 2280 $28580 1.95
    Columbia 2690 $30930 1.8
    Joplin 1690 $25770 1.33
    Springfield 4880 $28810 1.5

    Montana

         
    Great Falls 580 $29330 0.99
    Billings 1560 $29690 1.12
    Missoula 1100 $26560 1.17

    Nebraska

         
    Grand Island 700 $29610 1.01
    Lincoln 2840 $33200 1

    Nevada

         
    Carson City 970 $35410 2.19
    Reno 2690 $35120 0.8
    Las Vegas 9350 $35880 0.62
    Henderson 9350 $35880 0.62
    Paradise 9350 $35880 0.62

    New Hampshire

         
    Manchester 1830 $33120 1.02

    New Jersey

         
    Atlantic City 1610 $37460 0.77
    Hammonton 1610 $37460 0.77
    Ocean City 670 $34740 1.03
    Trenton 4220 $46540 1.15
    Vineland 780 $36350 0.8
    Bridgeton 780 $36350 0.8

    New Mexico

         
    Albuquerque 9430 $31000 1.52
    Farmington 1420 $31890 1.69
    Las Cruces 1820 $28580 1.58
    Santa Fe 1410 $33220 1.43

    New York

         
    Albany 10090 $37340 1.39
    Schenectady 10090 $37340 1.39
    Troy 10090 $37340 1.39
    Glens Falls 1040 $32310 1.22
    Ithaca 2110 $43730 2.57
    Buffalo 11060 $33520 1.23
    Cheektowaga 11060 $33520 1.23
    Niagara Falls 11060 $33520 1.23
    Binghamton 1990 $34260 1.18
    Elmira 630 $33560 1.05
    Kingston 1450 $35980 1.5
    Rochester 13550 $34290 1.61
    Syracuse 6280 $34390 1.26
    Utica 2300 $32810 1.17
    Rome 2300 $32810 1.17
    Watertown 830 $32280 1.2
    Fort Drum 830 $32280 1.2

    North Carolina

         
    Asheville 2690 $33110 0.9
    Fayetteville 1440 $29870 0.7
    Goldsboro 480 $31400 0.72
    Greensboro 4470 $33880 0.76
    High Point 4470 $33880 0.76
    Greenville 1710 $32840 1.4
    Hickory 1720 $31200 0.71
    Lenoir 1720 $31200 0.71
    Morganton 1720 $31200 0.71
    Jacksonville 580 $30520 0.76
    Burlington 710 $32200 0.75
    Durham 5710 $37340 1.2
    Chapel Hill 5710 $37340 1.2
    Raleigh 9150 $34640 0.98
    Rocky Mount 860 $33160 0.95
    New Bern 720 $30350 1.01
    Wilmington 1550 $31050 0.77
    Winston 3500 $34170 0.82
    Salem 3500 $34170 0.82

    North Dakota

         
    Bismarck 1190 $34330 0.97

    Ohio

         
    Akron 5040 $34070 0.94
    Canton 2150 $30040 0.79
    Massillon 2150 $30040 0.79
    Cleveland 16980 $33870 1.01
    Elyria 16980 $33870 1.01
    Columbus 12080 $34610 0.73
    Dayton 5140 $33390 0.85
    Lima 720 $29910 0.89
    Mansfield 690 $29740 0.84
    Springfield 720 $29800 0.9
    Toledo 3920 $32010 0.81

    Oklahoma

         
    Lawton 790 $28100 1.08
    Oklahoma City 8820 $31340 0.88
    Tulsa 6560 $30430 0.91

    Oregon

         
    Albany 600 $33470 0.89
    Grants Pass 370 $25510 0.95
    Bend 970 $31530 0.84
    Redmond 970 $31530 0.84
    Corvallis 870 $35100 1.5
    Eugene 2240 $32020 0.93
    Salem 3090 $34960 1.2
    Medford 1020 $31670 0.77

    Pennsylvania

         
    Altoona 1170 $29140 1.2
    Gettysburg 770 $30300 1.46
    Bloomsburg 760 $28870 1.08
    Berwick 760 $28870 1.08
    Harrisburg 6240 $34690 1.2
    Carlisle 6240 $34690 1.2
    Johnstown 1130 $27530 1.26
    Chambersburg 1170 $28950 1.24
    Waynesboro 1170 $28950 1.24
    East Stroudsburg 1080 $32180 1.18
    Erie 2010 $29510 0.96
    Pittsburgh 22080 $32940 1.18
    Reading 2890 $33490 1.03
    Lancaster 4100 $32760 1.07
    Lebanon 900 $29970 1.13
    Scranton 4310 $30460 1.02
    Wilkes 4310 $30460 1.02
    Barre 4310 $30460 1.02
    Hazleton 4310 $30460 1.02
    State College 2020 $31530 1.81
    Williamsport 1000 $30600 1.14
    York 3010 $31710 1.03
    Hanover 3010 $31710 1.03

    Puerto Rico

         
    Aguadilla 1720 $17900 2.39
    Isabela 1720 $17900 2.39
    Arecibo 880 $18690 1.9
    Guayama 250 $18010 1.36
    Ponce 1990 $18150 1.89
    Mayag�ez 1040 $18560 2.1
    San Germ�n 560 $18240 1.88
    San Juan 17900 $19440 1.6
    Carolina 17900 $19440 1.6
    Caguas 17900 $19440 1.6

    South Carolina

         
    Florence 1490 $28580 1.09
    Greenville 8060 $30320 1.26
    Anderson 8060 $30320 1.26
    Mauldin 8060 $30320 1.26
    Hilton Head Island 1210 $26670 1.05
    Bluffton 1210 $26670 1.05
    Beaufort 1210 $26670 1.05
    Charleston 5700 $32930 1.09
    North Charleston 5700 $32930 1.09
    Columbia 7920 $30870 1.32
    Spartanburg 2900 $30510 1.27
    Sumter 470 $33410 0.81

    South Dakota

         
    Rapid City 990 $27130 0.92
    Sioux Falls 1500 $28310 0.61

    Tennessee

         
    Jackson 1410 $27920 1.37
    Johnson City 1410 $30180 1.12
    Cleveland 720 $28840 0.97
    Knoxville 7560 $29020 1.22
    Morristown 900 $26170 1.3
    Nashville 16240 $31120 1.11
    Davidson 16240 $31120 1.11
    Murfreesboro 16240 $31120 1.11
    Franklin 16240 $31120 1.11

    Texas

         
    Abilene 1220 $27450 1.13
    Amarillo 2360 $28660 1.24
    Austin 20630 $32990 1.34
    Round Rock 20630 $32990 1.34
    Houston 43160 $34100 0.89
    The Woodlands 43160 $34100 0.89
    Sugar Land 43160 $34100 0.89
    Beaumont 2730 $28860 1
    Port Arthur 2730 $28860 1
    Brownsville 2500 $25080 1.11
    Harlingen 2500 $25080 1.11
    College Station 2000 $31770 1.2
    Bryan 2000 $31770 1.2
    Corpus Christi 2730 $30170 0.87
    Dallas 43280 $33250 0.79
    Fort Worth 43280 $33250 0.79
    Arlington 43280 $33250 0.79
    El Paso 4800 $26670 1
    San Angelo 850 $27690 1.11
    San Antonio 13630 $31670 0.87
    New Braunfels 13630 $31670 0.87
    Laredo 1590 $24550 1
    Longview 1660 $27960 1.02
    Lubbock 2340 $27270 1.03
    McAllen 4580 $23080 1.14
    Edinburg 4580 $23080 1.14
    Mission 4580 $23080 1.14
    Midland 1630 $33530 1.06
    Killeen 2150 $27750 0.98
    Temple 2150 $27750 0.98
    Odessa 1140 $32590 0.92
    Sherman 600 $29720 0.84
    Denison 600 $29720 0.84
    Tyler 1580 $29900 0.97
    Victoria 740 $28550 1.06
    Waco 2000 $28080 1.1
    Wichita Falls 890 $27580 0.95

    Utah

         
    Provo 4820 $28920 1.41
    Orem 4820 $28920 1.41
    St. George 1660 $28830 1.76
    Salt Lake City 12820 $33040 1.18
    Ogden 4910 $29690 1.27
    Clearfield 4910 $29690 1.27

    Vermont

         
    Burlington 1940 $36030 0.97
    South Burlington 1940 $36030 0.97

    Virginia

         
    Blacksburg 680 $29570 0.6
    Christiansburg 680 $29570 0.6
    Radford 680 $29570 0.6
    Harrisonburg 490 $30490 0.5
    Charlottesville 1390 $35720 0.8
    Richmond 7060 $35120 0.69
    Roanoke 1830 $31970 0.73
    Lynchburg 1140 $27920 0.7
    Staunton 610 $30930 0.78
    Waynesboro 610 $30930 0.78

    Washington

         
    Bremerton 1150 $38190 0.85
    Silverdale 1150 $38190 0.85
    Bellingham 1260 $35960 0.94
    Longview 520 $35220 0.87
    Mount Vernon 630 $38280 0.84
    Anacortes 630 $38280 0.84
    Kennewick 1620 $37460 0.95
    Richland 1620 $37460 0.95
    Olympia 2380 $41080 1.42
    Tumwater 2380 $41080 1.42
    Seattle 19990 $41330 0.67
    Tacoma 19990 $41330 0.67
    Bellevue 19990 $41330 0.67
    Spokane 3160 $34530 0.87
    Spokane Valley 3160 $34530 0.87
    Walla Walla 500 $33840 1.24
    Wenatchee 670 $35920 0.97
    Yakima 1320 $35570 0.94

    West Virginia

         
    Beckley 590 $26860 0.8
    Charleston 2130 $31940 1.11
    Parkersburg 610 $28250 0.9
    Vienna 610 $28250 0.9
    Morgantown 1130 $29140 1.08

    Wisconsin

         
    Appleton 1190 $33780 0.6
    Fond du Lac 300 $32520 0.39
    Green Bay 980 $34330 0.35
    Janesville 490 $33160 0.47
    Beloit 490 $33160 0.47
    Eau Claire 540 $34930 0.41
    Oshkosh 720 $34070 0.49
    Neenah 720 $34070 0.49
    Racine 420 $34090 0.34
    Madison 2750 $36570 0.44
    Milwaukee 6320 $39110 0.46
    Waukesha 6320 $39110 0.46
    West Allis 6320 $39110 0.46
    Sheboygan 480 $37670 0.49
    Wausau 340 $33190 0.3

    Wyoming

         
    Casper 750 $35670 1.05
    Cheyenne 740 $33290 0.98
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    Professional And Technical Services 188,230 10% $29,200
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    Medical Office 125,760 6% $28,540
    Office Services And Staffing 117,990 6% $27,520
    Construction Trades 96,850 5% $27,090
    Hospital 70,350 3% $31,030
    Real Estate 68,970 3% $26,980
    Insurance 59,860 3% $28,020
    Non-profit 55,640 2% $28,080
    Durable Goods Wholesale 45,890 2% $27,450
    Construction 43,300 2% $27,700
    Social Service 30,160 1% $26,980
    Business Management 29,000 1% $31,710
    Maintenance And Repair 26,020 1% $25,040
    Non-durable Goods Wholesale 25,330 1% $27,060
    Banking And Credit 21,630 1% $29,490
    Online Wholesale 19,280 1% $28,050
    Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 18,980 1% $24,870
    Securities And Investment 18,730 1% $32,420
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