Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
172,740 0.7 % $18.69 $38,880 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $14.84 $18.12 $22.17 $26.86
Annual Wage (2) $24,870 $30,860 $37,690 $46,110 $55,860


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 13,280 0.66 $19.54 $40,650
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11,110 0.13 $18.93 $39,370
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,970 1.15 $17.15 $35,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,520 0.17 $19.58 $40,720
Employment Services 7,870 0.25 $17.65 $36,710

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 9,970 1.15 $17.15 $35,670
Office Administrative Services 3,020 0.73 $19.00 $39,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,280 0.66 $19.54 $40,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,540 0.51 $18.53 $38,530
Footwear Manufacturing 50 0.41 $15.32 $31,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures (8) (8) $31.42 $65,360
Other Information Services 380 0.22 $26.23 $54,550
Postal Service 320 0.05 $26.08 $54,250
Land Subdivision 80 0.20 $23.63 $49,140
Support Activities for Water Transportation 190 0.21 $23.54 $48,960


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 22,080 1.54 1.16 $20.97 $43,610
Texas 15,860 1.50 1.13 $17.76 $36,930
New York 10,680 1.25 0.94 $20.24 $42,100
Pennsylvania 8,710 1.56 1.17 $18.22 $37,890
Illinois 6,830 1.21 0.91 $19.52 $40,610




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 670 2.11 1.59 $20.85 $43,360
Louisiana 3,510 1.88 1.42 $16.19 $33,660
Kansas 2,480 1.88 1.42 $17.03 $35,430
Idaho 1,120 1.87 1.41 $16.18 $33,660
Oklahoma 2,650 1.73 1.31 $16.60 $34,530




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 590 0.90 0.68 $25.42 $52,870
Connecticut 2,110 1.30 0.98 $21.88 $45,510
California 22,080 1.54 1.16 $20.97 $43,610
Alaska 670 2.11 1.59 $20.85 $43,360
Massachusetts 4,240 1.33 1.00 $20.60 $42,850





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 6,010 1.17 0.88 $21.25 $44,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,250 1.36 1.02 $21.02 $43,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.12 0.85 $20.56 $42,770
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,040 1.53 1.15 $18.65 $38,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,420 1.63 1.23 $20.97 $43,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,880 1.58 1.19 $20.02 $41,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,810 1.61 1.21 $20.43 $42,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,340 1.03 0.78 $19.15 $39,840
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,200 1.27 0.96 $18.18 $37,810
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,200 1.74 1.31 $21.08 $43,850