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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
137,180 2.5 % $17.60 $36,600 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.18 $13.13 $16.46 $20.99 $25.99
Annual Wage (2) $23,260 $27,300 $34,240 $43,660 $54,050


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 22,410 5.76 $16.92 $35,180
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 14,190 0.99 $18.81 $39,120
General Merchandise Stores 7,250 0.23 $12.41 $25,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 6,270 0.63 $18.02 $37,470
Warehousing and Storage 6,120 0.50 $16.14 $33,570

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 22,410 5.76 $16.92 $35,180
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 3,140 2.09 $17.51 $36,430
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 14,190 0.99 $18.81 $39,120
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,220 0.93 $17.66 $36,730
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 3,320 0.87 $18.79 $39,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 310 0.08 $30.69 $63,840
Couriers and Express Delivery Services (8) (8) $28.13 $58,500
Natural Gas Distribution 100 0.09 $24.76 $51,510
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $23.21 $48,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 210 0.03 $22.71 $47,240


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 30,150 1.73 1.86 $19.12 $39,780
Texas 13,260 1.07 1.14 $16.74 $34,820
Florida 8,530 0.97 1.04 $16.43 $34,180
New York 6,430 0.68 0.72 $17.41 $36,220
Ohio 5,920 1.09 1.16 $16.54 $34,410




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)
Vermont 620 2.03 2.17 $17.02 $35,400
Washington 5,890 1.77 1.90 $21.62 $44,970
California 30,150 1.73 1.86 $19.12 $39,780
Colorado 3,860 1.44 1.54 $18.43 $38,340
Wisconsin 4,090 1.43 1.53 $17.02 $35,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 5,890 1.77 1.90 $21.62 $44,970
Massachusetts 2,180 0.60 0.64 $20.82 $43,310
Connecticut 550 0.33 0.35 $20.57 $42,790
New Jersey 4,990 1.22 1.31 $20.15 $41,920
Alaska 170 0.53 0.57 $20.13 $41,870





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-Anaheim, CA 14,130 2.26 2.42 $18.23 $37,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,640 0.90 0.96 $18.74 $38,990
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,390 1.48 1.58 $16.66 $34,650
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,710 2.33 2.49 $22.67 $47,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,880 1.57 1.68 $21.74 $45,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,220 1.06 1.13 $17.77 $36,970
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,910 1.01 1.08 $16.59 $34,510
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,850 0.61 0.65 $18.00 $37,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,840 1.85 1.98 $18.26 $37,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,490 0.94 1.01 $15.93 $33,140