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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 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)
1,530,430 0.4 % $20.25 $42,110 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.14 $15.49 $19.35 $24.27 $29.64
Annual Wage (2) $25,260 $32,220 $40,240 $50,480 $61,650


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)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 105,480 10.99 $20.65 $42,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 77,470 3.27 $20.75 $43,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 62,400 1.14 $20.74 $43,130
Real Estate 53,180 3.29 $20.70 $43,050
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 43,940 2.19 $19.79 $41,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 105,480 10.99 $20.65 $42,960
Other Investment Pools and Funds 460 5.42 $17.85 $37,130
Office Administrative Services 26,770 5.39 $20.58 $42,810
Freight Transportation Arrangement 8,060 3.62 $20.53 $42,700
Land Subdivision 1,360 3.48 $22.99 $47,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 360 0.06 $32.97 $68,580
Metal Ore Mining 110 0.28 $27.13 $56,420
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 330 1.80 $24.85 $51,690
Natural Gas Distribution 700 0.64 $24.63 $51,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 2,820 0.72 $24.11 $50,150


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 186,970 10.99 1.04 $22.96 $47,750
Texas 131,250 10.83 1.02 $19.90 $41,390
New York 104,580 11.14 1.05 $21.92 $45,590
Florida 97,300 11.30 1.07 $19.34 $40,220
Pennsylvania 55,360 9.47 0.90 $19.55 $40,660




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)
South Dakota 9,670 22.91 2.17 $16.33 $33,970
Montana 7,740 16.71 1.58 $17.46 $36,310
Vermont 5,060 16.59 1.57 $20.35 $42,320
Delaware 7,310 16.31 1.54 $21.52 $44,760
Alaska 4,370 13.87 1.31 $23.39 $48,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 3,710 5.21 0.49 $26.43 $54,970
Alaska 4,370 13.87 1.31 $23.39 $48,640
Connecticut 17,520 10.55 1.00 $23.02 $47,890
California 186,970 10.99 1.04 $22.96 $47,750
Massachusetts 45,570 12.76 1.21 $22.61 $47,020





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 102,400 10.78 1.02 $23.10 $48,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 73,990 12.09 1.14 $22.70 $47,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 41,590 11.66 1.10 $21.18 $44,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 37,830 8.15 0.77 $21.37 $44,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 34,480 12.50 1.18 $23.20 $48,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 33,180 11.12 1.05 $20.55 $42,740
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 31,340 12.10 1.14 $20.41 $42,460
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30,360 10.66 1.01 $21.80 $45,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 25,170 8.03 0.76 $24.21 $50,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 24,300 10.05 0.95 $26.45 $55,010