Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks. Excludes "Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks" (43-3031).


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)
176,320 1.0 % $18.31 $38,080 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.56 $14.47 $17.87 $21.86 $26.24
Annual Wage (2) $24,050 $30,100 $37,160 $45,470 $54,580


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 12,700 0.67 $19.15 $39,830
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 11,540 1.39 $17.79 $36,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,020 0.20 $19.44 $40,430
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,530 0.13 $18.91 $39,330
Employment Services 9,390 0.32 $16.34 $33,990

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 11,540 1.39 $17.79 $36,990
Office Administrative Services 2,980 0.74 $18.55 $38,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises 12,700 0.67 $19.15 $39,830
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,500 0.50 $18.35 $38,160
Footwear Manufacturing 50 0.37 $14.99 $31,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 330 0.05 $26.08 $54,250
Other Information Services 290 0.19 $23.94 $49,790
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 110 0.29 $23.29 $48,440
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.05 $22.44 $46,680
Grantmaking and Giving Services 170 0.13 $22.39 $46,560


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 22,960 1.64 1.19 $20.88 $43,430
Texas 15,330 1.49 1.08 $17.43 $36,250
New York 11,110 1.32 0.96 $19.51 $40,590
Pennsylvania 9,100 1.64 1.19 $18.01 $37,470
Florida 7,740 1.08 0.79 $16.16 $33,620




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)
Alaska 810 2.59 1.89 $20.41 $42,450
Louisiana 3,430 1.87 1.36 $16.38 $34,070
Montana 790 1.86 1.36 $15.54 $32,320
Idaho 1,100 1.85 1.35 $15.62 $32,500
Oklahoma 2,600 1.74 1.26 $16.31 $33,930




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 710 1.10 0.80 $25.37 $52,770
Connecticut 2,210 1.38 1.00 $21.04 $43,760
California 22,960 1.64 1.19 $20.88 $43,430
Alaska 810 2.59 1.89 $20.41 $42,450
Washington 3,360 1.23 0.90 $20.16 $41,920





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 6,260 1.24 0.90 $20.37 $42,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,090 1.33 0.97 $20.84 $43,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,170 1.16 0.85 $19.91 $41,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,780 1.48 1.08 $18.41 $38,300
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,240 1.59 1.15 $20.12 $41,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,160 1.74 1.27 $20.01 $41,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,000 1.35 0.98 $19.18 $39,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,540 1.48 1.08 $20.30 $42,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,310 1.36 0.99 $18.21 $37,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,250 1.34 0.98 $20.95 $43,580