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

43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers. Excludes “Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks” (43-3051).


National estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Industry profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Geographic profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

National estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,509,370 0.6 % $ 21.70 $ 45,140 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.00 $ 17.67 $ 21.90 $ 23.92 $ 29.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,120 $ 36,750 $ 45,560 $ 49,760 $ 61,980


Industry profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 102,170 10.18 $ 21.40 $ 44,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 84,410 3.32 $ 22.51 $ 46,820
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 62,160 1.16 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Real Estate 49,610 2.97 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 36,940 1.85 $ 21.26 $ 44,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 102,170 10.18 $ 21.40 $ 44,500
Office Administrative Services 23,030 4.74 $ 22.12 $ 46,000
Land Subdivision 1,390 4.19 $ 23.01 $ 47,860
Other Investment Pools and Funds 520 4.10 $ 17.81 $ 37,050
Religious Organizations 6,680 3.72 $ 20.43 $ 42,480

Top paying industries for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 330 0.05 $ 33.82 $ 70,350
Metal Ore Mining 150 0.37 $ 30.97 $ 64,410
Support Activities for Water Transportation 680 0.76 $ 29.35 $ 61,050
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 460 2.22 $ 28.67 $ 59,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,340 0.62 $ 27.75 $ 57,720


Geographic profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

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



Map of employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 170,580 10.32 0.96 $ 24.56 $ 51,080
Texas 132,510 10.84 1.01 $ 20.94 $ 43,550
Florida 92,730 10.78 1.01 $ 20.41 $ 42,440
New York 88,400 10.20 0.95 $ 24.38 $ 50,720
Pennsylvania 66,260 11.87 1.11 $ 21.38 $ 44,470


Map of location quotient of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 9,910 23.53 2.20 $ 18.09 $ 37,640
Montana 8,330 17.72 1.65 $ 18.29 $ 38,030
Alaska 4,480 15.13 1.41 $ 24.39 $ 50,730
Tennessee 41,800 14.00 1.31 $ 19.67 $ 40,910
Delaware 6,080 13.95 1.30 $ 21.94 $ 45,640


Map of annual mean wages of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,800 4.22 0.39 $ 28.91 $ 60,130
Massachusetts 39,740 11.71 1.09 $ 25.64 $ 53,340
Washington 33,170 10.35 0.97 $ 24.74 $ 51,460
California 170,580 10.32 0.96 $ 24.56 $ 51,080
Connecticut 15,810 10.05 0.94 $ 24.54 $ 51,050



Map of employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing 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 88,160 10.16 0.95 $ 25.39 $ 52,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 63,270 11.06 1.03 $ 24.26 $ 50,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 43,300 10.23 0.95 $ 22.98 $ 47,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 38,900 10.84 1.01 $ 21.93 $ 45,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 31,060 10.72 1.00 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 29,550 11.13 1.04 $ 23.20 $ 48,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 29,130 11.27 1.05 $ 26.25 $ 54,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 28,280 11.53 1.08 $ 20.64 $ 42,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 22,010 8.50 0.79 $ 21.65 $ 45,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 21,700 10.25 0.96 $ 21.64 $ 45,020


Map of location quotient of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 1,630 24.51 2.29 $ 18.22 $ 37,900
Sioux Falls, SD 3,310 21.30 1.99 $ 18.52 $ 38,530
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 850 17.90 1.67 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
Missoula, MT 990 16.49 1.54 $ 18.49 $ 38,460
Utica-Rome, NY 1,890 16.46 1.54 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Johnson City, TN 1,220 15.74 1.47 $ 17.74 $ 36,890
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 5,570 15.60 1.46 $ 22.88 $ 47,580
Monroe, LA 1,140 15.60 1.46 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Billings, MT 1,310 15.49 1.45 $ 19.07 $ 39,660
Barnstable Town, MA 1,490 15.33 1.43 $ 24.31 $ 50,570