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How much does a secretary get paid?

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Secretaries' salaries vary widely by industry. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical secretaries make about $32,000 per year, legal secretaries earn about $44,000 per year and those in other fields make about $33,000 per year.

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Among those employed in the medical field, secretaries in dental offices generally make the highest wages, at around $36,000 per year. In the legal field, those employed by insurance companies report the highest wages, at around $48,000 per year. Executive secretaries employed at private companies report salaries of about $48,000 annually. Among secretaries employed in other industries, federal government workers report the highest salaries, at around $47,000 per year.

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