Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-4021 Correspondence Clerks

Compose letters in reply to requests for merchandise, damage claims, credit and other information, delinquent accounts, incorrect billings, or unsatisfactory services. Duties may include gathering data to formulate reply and typing correspondence.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,370 3.4 % $15.86 $32,990 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.59 $12.85 $15.35 $18.47 $22.22
Annual Wage (2) $22,020 $26,730 $31,940 $38,410 $46,220


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance Carriers 2,130 $16.57 $34,460
Depository Credit Intermediation 900 $15.70 $32,660
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 830 $14.98 $31,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 650 $15.39 $32,010
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 490 $15.98 $33,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 190 $19.92 $41,430
Employment Services 120 $19.72 $41,030
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) $19.19 $39,910
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 30 $19.09 $39,710
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 $18.82 $39,140


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 230 $13.25 $27,550 0.579
Delaware 90 $16.34 $33,980 0.217
Pennsylvania 1,010 $14.04 $29,210 0.182
Rhode Island 80 $16.43 $34,180 0.180
District of Columbia 110 $22.12 $46,000 0.173

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 110 $22.12 $46,000 0.173
Colorado 180 $19.03 $39,590 0.079
California 640 $18.86 $39,240 0.044
Washington 260 $18.21 $37,880 0.093
Michigan 200 $17.64 $36,690 0.051


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Sioux Falls, SD 150 $14.00 $29,110 1.116
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 160 $15.15 $31,520 0.500
Springfield, IL 50 $16.15 $33,600 0.451
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 360 $15.42 $32,070 0.418
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 290 $14.67 $30,500 0.335

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 70 $23.91 $49,740 0.074
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 $21.28 $44,270 0.182
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 80 $20.07 $41,740 0.297
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 180 $20.03 $41,670 0.077
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 $19.77 $41,130 0.061


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010