Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-9061 Office Clerks, General

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring limited knowledge of office management systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.

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)
2,815,240 0.4 % $13.32 $27,700 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.97 $9.73 $12.57 $15.87 $19.76
Annual Wage (2) $16,590 $20,250 $26,140 $33,010 $41,100


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
Local Government (OES Designation) 196,290 $14.69 $30,550
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 165,120 $13.41 $27,890
Employment Services 150,700 $12.42 $25,840
Elementary and Secondary Schools 117,160 $13.34 $27,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 98,780 $14.14 $29,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal Service 2,450 $25.31 $52,640
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,780 $20.80 $43,270
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 410 $19.70 $40,980
Software Publishers 2,880 $18.62 $38,740
Natural Gas Distribution 1,860 $18.62 $38,720


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
West Virginia 28,980 $11.69 $24,310 41.145
Virginia 114,940 $13.85 $28,810 32.021
Idaho 17,840 $12.37 $25,740 29.032
Alaska 8,540 $15.90 $33,070 27.727
North Dakota 9,640 $11.14 $23,170 27.254

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 12,180 $17.09 $35,550 19.119
Alaska 8,540 $15.90 $33,070 27.727
Massachusetts 62,220 $15.70 $32,650 19.634
New Hampshire 11,420 $15.24 $31,700 18.432
Connecticut 28,770 $15.23 $31,670 17.444


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
State College, PA 3,750 $14.17 $29,470 56.460
Morgantown, WV 2,560 $11.22 $23,350 45.280
Charleston, WV 6,350 $12.25 $25,490 43.463
Charlottesville, VA 3,880 $14.45 $30,060 41.652
Iowa City, IA 3,270 $16.02 $33,320 39.288

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 23,910 $17.23 $35,840 24.133
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 19,830 $16.47 $34,250 20.172
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 1,860 $16.32 $33,950 21.671
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 14,580 $16.32 $33,950 16.402
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 33,130 $16.30 $33,900 19.652


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.


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