Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

43-4151 Order Clerks

Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Generally receives orders via mail, phone, fax, or other electronic means. Duties include informing customers of receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays; preparing contracts; and handling complaints. Excludes "Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance" (43-5032) who both dispatch and take orders for services.


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)
200,210 1.6 % $15.33 $31,880 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.13 $11.18 $14.48 $18.57 $22.90
Annual Wage (2) $18,980 $23,250 $30,110 $38,620 $47,620


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)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 31,160 10.60 $13.27 $27,600
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 9,960 1.15 $16.59 $34,500
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,290 1.12 $17.46 $36,320
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,150 1.15 $17.02 $35,410
Business Support Services 6,790 0.79 $12.84 $26,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 31,160 10.60 $13.27 $27,600
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,810 1.86 $16.42 $34,140
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 2,430 1.72 $15.44 $32,110
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 2,070 1.72 $16.16 $33,620
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3,590 1.58 $18.03 $37,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $24.08 $50,090
Support Activities for Water Transportation 60 0.06 $22.02 $45,800
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 260 0.17 $21.92 $45,600
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $21.10 $43,880
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2,760 0.46 $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 30,200 2.05 1.36 $16.45 $34,220
Texas 14,480 1.33 0.88 $15.03 $31,260
Ohio 11,390 2.22 1.47 $14.59 $30,340
Florida 11,300 1.52 1.00 $13.84 $28,790
Pennsylvania 10,660 1.90 1.26 $14.06 $29,250




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)
Maine 2,800 4.80 3.18 $13.54 $28,160
Nebraska 3,090 3.33 2.21 $12.42 $25,840
Wisconsin 8,690 3.21 2.13 $15.58 $32,400
Vermont 880 2.96 1.96 $15.46 $32,160
Idaho 1,530 2.50 1.66 $15.72 $32,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 230 0.71 0.47 $18.92 $39,360
Washington 5,670 2.00 1.33 $17.78 $36,990
Connecticut 1,970 1.20 0.80 $17.67 $36,750
New Jersey 6,640 1.74 1.15 $17.24 $35,860
Massachusetts 4,080 1.25 0.83 $17.18 $35,740





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,320 2.60 1.72 $15.66 $32,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,210 0.99 0.66 $16.43 $34,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,100 1.38 0.91 $17.22 $35,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,030 1.87 1.24 $14.64 $30,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,610 2.03 1.34 $14.28 $29,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,600 1.30 0.86 $16.55 $34,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,510 2.41 1.60 $16.67 $34,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,250 2.71 1.79 $15.38 $31,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,170 1.38 0.91 $14.88 $30,960
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 3,150 3.17 2.10 $14.20 $29,550