Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-9061 Office Clerks, General

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office 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
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)
2,789,590 0.4 % $13.58 $28,240 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.31 $9.89 $12.79 $16.26 $20.12
Annual Wage (2) $17,280 $20,570 $26,610 $33,820 $41,850


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 193,440 3.46 $15.00 $31,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160,600 5.67 $13.69 $28,470
Employment Services 148,610 5.57 $12.54 $26,070
Elementary and Secondary Schools 117,410 1.38 $13.58 $28,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 96,570 1.87 $14.37 $29,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 32,350 11.72 $12.63 $26,280
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 1,240 6.70 $13.66 $28,410
Death Care Services 8,080 6.13 $11.60 $24,130
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 50,140 5.75 $12.70 $26,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160,600 5.67 $13.69 $28,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,950 0.29 $25.57 $53,190
Natural Gas Distribution 2,540 2.35 $21.53 $44,770
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,630 1.03 $19.84 $41,270
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,530 1.36 $19.47 $40,490
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 510 0.33 $19.30 $40,150


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 321,790 22.98 1.05 $14.95 $31,090
Texas 247,900 24.57 1.12 $13.50 $28,090
New York 192,530 23.07 1.05 $13.78 $28,660
Pennsylvania 147,550 26.91 1.23 $13.83 $28,760
Florida 139,950 19.70 0.90 $12.23 $25,440




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)
West Virginia 30,580 44.43 2.02 $12.02 $25,010
Virginia 105,050 29.78 1.36 $13.80 $28,700
Michigan 107,700 28.68 1.31 $13.56 $28,210
Idaho 17,050 28.67 1.31 $12.81 $26,650
Alaska 8,500 27.58 1.26 $16.44 $34,200




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 10,830 16.95 0.77 $17.61 $36,620
Alaska 8,500 27.58 1.26 $16.44 $34,200
Massachusetts 59,210 18.98 0.87 $16.19 $33,670
New Hampshire 11,710 19.40 0.88 $15.73 $32,720
Connecticut 27,670 17.31 0.79 $15.52 $32,290

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 122,430 24.57 1.12 $14.24 $29,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 95,610 25.05 1.14 $14.64 $30,460
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 80,230 22.65 1.03 $14.57 $30,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 59,360 23.76 1.08 $14.26 $29,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 56,530 24.70 1.13 $15.79 $32,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 49,540 24.75 1.13 $14.84 $30,860
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 48,270 26.75 1.22 $14.98 $31,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 47,350 21.52 0.98 $12.49 $25,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 37,530 22.37 1.02 $14.46 $30,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 35,430 21.05 0.96 $14.23 $29,590




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)
State College, PA 4,130 61.55 2.80 $15.68 $32,620
Morgantown, WV 3,240 56.09 2.56 $11.43 $23,780
Charleston, WV 6,120 43.29 1.97 $12.77 $26,560
Charlottesville, VA 3,490 38.71 1.76 $14.64 $30,450
Chico, CA 2,380 34.93 1.59 $11.94 $24,820
Wheeling, WV-OH 2,160 34.64 1.58 $11.49 $23,900
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 4,430 33.98 1.55 $13.07 $27,180
Jefferson City, MO 2,400 33.53 1.53 $13.16 $27,370
Harrisonburg, VA 1,920 33.43 1.52 $12.47 $25,940
Columbia, MO 2,730 33.23 1.51 $12.54 $26,090