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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
Industry profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
Geographic profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

National estimates for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
149,290 1.3 % $ 23.83 $ 49,560 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.54 $ 18.21 $ 22.89 $ 28.87 $ 34.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,240 $ 37,880 $ 47,610 $ 60,050 $ 71,500


Industry profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 14,990 1.49 $ 21.60 $ 44,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,080 0.55 $ 25.30 $ 52,620
Employment Services 10,750 0.31 $ 22.39 $ 46,580
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7,950 0.10 $ 24.09 $ 50,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,980 0.13 $ 25.36 $ 52,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 14,990 1.49 $ 21.60 $ 44,920
Office Administrative Services 3,360 0.69 $ 24.16 $ 50,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,080 0.55 $ 25.30 $ 52,620
Land Subdivision 110 0.32 $ 27.74 $ 57,700
Employment Services 10,750 0.31 $ 22.39 $ 46,580

Top paying industries for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $ 35.13 $ 73,060
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.10 $ 34.78 $ 72,340
Scientific Research and Development Services 390 0.05 $ 33.94 $ 70,600
Software Publishers 280 0.05 $ 33.10 $ 68,850
Support Activities for Mining 340 0.16 $ 32.85 $ 68,340


Geographic profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of payroll and timekeeping clerks by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,850 1.26 1.19 $ 27.02 $ 56,200
Texas 13,810 1.13 1.07 $ 22.39 $ 46,580
New York 9,570 1.10 1.04 $ 26.11 $ 54,310
Florida 8,380 0.97 0.92 $ 22.25 $ 46,280
Pennsylvania 6,600 1.18 1.12 $ 23.29 $ 48,440


Map of location quotient of payroll and timekeeping clerks by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 3,000 1.93 1.82 $ 22.06 $ 45,870
Rhode Island 640 1.39 1.31 $ 26.91 $ 55,970
South Carolina 2,860 1.38 1.31 $ 18.16 $ 37,770
Washington 4,280 1.33 1.26 $ 27.49 $ 57,170
California 20,850 1.26 1.19 $ 27.02 $ 56,200


Map of annual mean wages of payroll and timekeeping clerks by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 400 0.61 0.57 $ 30.83 $ 64,120
Washington 4,280 1.33 1.26 $ 27.49 $ 57,170
Alaska 260 0.89 0.84 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
California 20,850 1.26 1.19 $ 27.02 $ 56,200
Rhode Island 640 1.39 1.31 $ 26.91 $ 55,970



Map of employment of payroll and timekeeping clerks by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,540 0.98 0.93 $ 27.82 $ 57,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,930 1.21 1.14 $ 26.71 $ 55,570
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,750 1.04 0.99 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,500 1.21 1.14 $ 23.05 $ 47,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,440 0.81 0.77 $ 25.64 $ 53,340
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,240 1.22 1.15 $ 26.19 $ 54,480
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,770 1.07 1.01 $ 27.19 $ 56,550
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,740 1.43 1.35 $ 28.81 $ 59,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,660 1.19 1.12 $ 32.02 $ 66,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,630 1.24 1.17 $ 22.72 $ 47,270


Map of location quotient of payroll and timekeeping clerks by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 140 2.99 2.82 $ 20.04 $ 41,690
Oklahoma City, OK 1,330 2.20 2.07 $ 23.47 $ 48,820
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,060 2.10 1.98 $ 26.87 $ 55,890
Lawton, OK 80 1.95 1.84 $ 19.59 $ 40,760
Enid, OK 40 1.93 1.82 $ 20.71 $ 43,080
Rochester, NY 900 1.91 1.80 $ 22.56 $ 46,920
Tulsa, OK 780 1.87 1.76 $ 22.27 $ 46,330
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,710 1.86 1.76 $ 23.26 $ 48,370
Bay City, MI 60 1.85 1.74 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Bangor, ME 110 1.84 1.73 $ 20.55 $ 42,750