Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,808,100 0.5 % $14.07 $29,270 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.59 $10.12 $13.21 $17.00 $21.21
Annual Wage (2) $17,860 $21,050 $27,470 $35,370 $44,130


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) 178,580 3.26 $15.37 $31,960
Employment Services 165,410 5.31 $12.96 $26,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 156,040 5.38 $14.04 $29,200
Elementary and Secondary Schools 106,770 1.29 $14.03 $29,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 86,360 1.65 $14.78 $30,730

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 29,060 10.99 $13.30 $27,660
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 1,740 8.88 $13.31 $27,680
Office Administrative Services 29,260 7.09 $13.78 $28,650
Death Care Services 8,010 6.02 $12.52 $26,050
Land Subdivision 2,340 5.66 $15.31 $31,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,710 0.27 $25.51 $53,050
Natural Gas Distribution 3,280 3.07 $22.49 $46,790
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 480 0.29 $19.90 $41,390
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,870 1.19 $19.86 $41,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,510 1.36 $18.66 $38,810


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 316,940 22.16 1.03 $15.27 $31,750
Texas 268,540 25.38 1.18 $13.78 $28,650
New York 211,570 24.77 1.15 $14.29 $29,720
Florida 140,590 19.33 0.90 $13.05 $27,140
Pennsylvania 138,290 24.71 1.15 $14.31 $29,770




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 29,730 41.84 1.94 $12.22 $25,420
Alaska 9,220 28.93 1.34 $17.66 $36,730
Michigan 111,320 28.41 1.32 $14.11 $29,340
Idaho 15,450 25.82 1.20 $13.34 $27,740
Texas 268,540 25.38 1.18 $13.78 $28,650




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 9,570 14.64 0.68 $18.25 $37,960
Alaska 9,220 28.93 1.34 $17.66 $36,730
New Hampshire 13,180 21.51 1.00 $16.31 $33,930
Massachusetts 58,800 18.36 0.85 $16.25 $33,800
Connecticut 26,830 16.56 0.77 $16.24 $33,780





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 134,100 26.00 1.21 $14.78 $30,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 92,100 23.79 1.10 $14.63 $30,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 83,930 23.05 1.07 $15.21 $31,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 68,380 25.90 1.20 $14.65 $30,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 50,480 24.07 1.12 $14.63 $30,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 47,050 20.80 0.97 $13.11 $27,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 44,670 24.50 1.14 $15.42 $32,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 42,830 18.28 0.85 $16.59 $34,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 36,560 20.89 0.97 $15.09 $31,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 34,470 24.43 1.13 $15.19 $31,600