Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers. Excludes "Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks" (43-3051).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
1,675,250 0.3 % $16.99 $35,340 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $13.00 $16.36 $20.28 $24.75
Annual Wage (2) $21,270 $27,040 $34,030 $42,180 $51,470


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 100,630 11.94 $16.71 $34,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 81,810 4.29 $17.54 $36,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 72,460 1.30 $17.54 $36,470
Depository Credit Intermediation 52,810 3.07 $16.10 $33,490
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40,980 0.48 $17.34 $36,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 100,630 11.94 $16.71 $34,760
Office Administrative Services 21,150 5.35 $17.24 $35,850
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1,000 5.16 $18.62 $38,720
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 3,500 4.61 $14.28 $29,690
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 1,090 4.42 $17.94 $37,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 750 0.11 $27.58 $57,370
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,730 1.05 $21.17 $44,020
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 260 1.00 $20.87 $43,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 18,710 0.92 $20.81 $43,280
Other Financial Investment Activities 8,300 2.49 $20.30 $42,230


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 184,090 13.15 1.00 $19.15 $39,820
Texas 124,620 12.35 0.94 $16.60 $34,520
New York 122,970 14.74 1.12 $18.85 $39,200
Florida 97,950 13.79 1.05 $15.87 $33,010
Pennsylvania 66,840 12.19 0.93 $17.09 $35,540




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 11,240 26.50 2.01 $14.72 $30,630
South Dakota 8,790 22.67 1.72 $13.22 $27,490
Oklahoma 31,330 21.12 1.60 $13.87 $28,860
North Dakota 6,830 19.20 1.46 $15.20 $31,610
Wyoming 5,070 18.79 1.43 $16.42 $34,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 4,410 6.90 0.52 $23.30 $48,470
Connecticut 19,610 12.27 0.93 $19.46 $40,490
Alaska 4,350 14.13 1.07 $19.45 $40,450
Maryland 26,190 10.64 0.81 $19.17 $39,870
California 184,090 13.15 1.00 $19.15 $39,820

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 66,090 13.26 1.01 $20.21 $42,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 54,700 14.33 1.09 $18.52 $38,510
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 34,860 9.84 0.75 $18.03 $37,500
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 30,550 12.23 0.93 $17.72 $36,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 29,420 13.37 1.01 $17.66 $36,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 27,400 13.69 1.04 $17.71 $36,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 23,520 10.27 0.78 $20.93 $43,540
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 22,640 12.54 0.95 $19.21 $39,960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 22,640 13.65 1.04 $19.93 $41,450
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 21,770 18.09 1.37 $19.84 $41,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 1,500 25.66 1.95 $13.61 $28,320
Billings, MT 1,980 24.92 1.89 $14.52 $30,200
Great Falls, MT 860 24.21 1.84 $14.07 $29,270
Missoula, MT 1,230 22.74 1.73 $14.73 $30,640
Casper, WY 830 22.15 1.68 $16.96 $35,270
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 1,030 22.02 1.67 $13.85 $28,810
Tulsa, OK 8,580 21.09 1.60 $14.94 $31,070
Utica-Rome, NY 2,620 21.04 1.60 $15.89 $33,060
Carson City, NV 560 20.53 1.56 $17.00 $35,360
Oklahoma City, OK 11,170 20.26 1.54 $14.30 $29,740