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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
133,870 1.1 % $ 23.21 $ 48,290 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.88 $ 18.14 $ 22.61 $ 27.88 $ 32.50
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,950 $ 37,720 $ 47,020 $ 58,000 $ 67,600


Industry profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: Top

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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,540 0.56 $ 24.55 $ 51,060
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 12,830 1.31 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7,560 0.09 $ 23.50 $ 48,890
Employment Services 7,010 0.22 $ 22.61 $ 47,030
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,780 0.13 $ 24.46 $ 50,890

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 12,830 1.31 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Office Administrative Services 3,200 0.64 $ 23.14 $ 48,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,540 0.56 $ 24.55 $ 51,060
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,070 0.30 $ 24.59 $ 51,150
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 280 0.23 $ 25.21 $ 52,430

Top paying industries for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 40 0.03 $ 33.06 $ 68,760
Grain and Oilseed Milling 70 0.11 $ 30.71 $ 63,890
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $ 29.30 $ 60,940
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 30 0.06 $ 29.17 $ 60,670
Software Publishers 340 0.07 $ 28.69 $ 59,680


Geographic profile for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: Top

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.





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 19,190 1.17 1.21 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Texas 12,220 1.01 1.05 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
New York 7,700 0.89 0.92 $ 25.20 $ 52,410
Florida 7,290 0.86 0.90 $ 21.23 $ 44,150
Pennsylvania 5,740 1.04 1.08 $ 21.98 $ 45,720




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 2,320 1.48 1.54 $ 22.66 $ 47,140
South Carolina 2,900 1.44 1.49 $ 17.87 $ 37,180
Arizona 3,480 1.23 1.27 $ 21.94 $ 45,640
Idaho 880 1.22 1.27 $ 19.87 $ 41,320
Kansas 1,610 1.21 1.26 $ 22.46 $ 46,710




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 330 0.47 0.49 $ 30.79 $ 64,050
Connecticut 1,400 0.91 0.95 $ 26.90 $ 55,940
California 19,190 1.17 1.21 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Washington 3,020 0.94 0.98 $ 26.15 $ 54,400
Illinois 3,940 0.70 0.73 $ 26.08 $ 54,250





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 6,830 0.77 0.80 $ 26.39 $ 54,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,680 1.15 1.19 $ 26.48 $ 55,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,430 0.96 0.99 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,230 1.09 1.13 $ 22.36 $ 46,510
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,000 0.69 0.71 $ 27.36 $ 56,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,970 1.13 1.17 $ 22.80 $ 47,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,830 1.05 1.09 $ 23.60 $ 49,080
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,720 1.04 1.09 $ 26.23 $ 54,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,600 1.23 1.28 $ 22.54 $ 46,880
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,570 1.02 1.06 $ 21.54 $ 44,810




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)
Coeur d'Alene, ID 130 2.15 2.23 $ 19.13 $ 39,780
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 100 2.11 2.19 $ 18.98 $ 39,490
Punta Gorda, FL 90 1.96 2.04 $ 17.78 $ 36,980
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 160 1.94 2.02 $ 17.40 $ 36,200
Billings, MT 160 1.90 1.97 $ 18.52 $ 38,510
El Centro, CA 110 1.87 1.95 $ 19.96 $ 41,510
Madera, CA 90 1.87 1.94 $ 26.04 $ 54,150
Rochester, NY 880 1.86 1.93 $ 21.22 $ 44,130
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,800 1.85 1.93 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Beckley, WV 70 1.71 1.78 $ 13.58 $ 28,240