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

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 Order Clerks
Industry profile for Order Clerks
Geographic profile for Order Clerks

National estimates for Order Clerks:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Order Clerks:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
133,850 2.4 % $ 20.11 $ 41,820 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Order Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.81 $ 14.44 $ 18.23 $ 22.94 $ 28.66
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,730 $ 30,040 $ 37,920 $ 47,700 $ 59,620


Industry profile for Order Clerks:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Order Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 35,220 7.63 $ 23.46 $ 48,800
Warehousing and Storage 13,030 0.79 $ 18.03 $ 37,500
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 10,800 0.79 $ 20.20 $ 42,010
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3,980 0.60 $ 19.90 $ 41,380
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 3,670 0.40 $ 19.76 $ 41,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Order Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 35,220 7.63 $ 23.46 $ 48,800
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 2,490 1.93 $ 17.87 $ 37,170
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 500 1.03 $ 14.54 $ 30,250
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 10,800 0.79 $ 20.20 $ 42,010
Warehousing and Storage 13,030 0.79 $ 18.03 $ 37,500

Top paying industries for Order Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $ 29.88 $ 62,140
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $ 29.35 $ 61,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 190 0.02 $ 28.38 $ 59,020
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.16 $ 26.90 $ 55,950
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 890 0.22 $ 26.00 $ 54,080


Geographic profile for Order Clerks:

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



Map of employment of order clerks by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Order Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 18,940 1.15 1.21 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Florida 8,640 1.00 1.06 $ 16.84 $ 35,020
New Jersey 7,720 2.01 2.11 $ 18.27 $ 38,000
Texas 6,790 0.56 0.58 $ 17.57 $ 36,540
Connecticut 4,920 3.13 3.29 $ 18.81 $ 39,110


Map of location quotient of order clerks by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 4,920 3.13 3.29 $ 18.81 $ 39,110
Nevada 3,460 2.69 2.83 $ 15.79 $ 32,850
New Jersey 7,720 2.01 2.11 $ 18.27 $ 38,000
Maine 1,130 1.91 2.01 $ 17.51 $ 36,410
Oklahoma 2,420 1.55 1.64 $ 16.18 $ 33,660


Map of annual mean wages of order clerks by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Order Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 25.17 $ 52,350
Massachusetts 1,350 0.40 0.42 $ 23.03 $ 47,910
Colorado 2,010 0.77 0.81 $ 21.52 $ 44,760
Maryland 860 0.34 0.36 $ 21.25 $ 44,200
North Dakota 100 0.24 0.26 $ 21.13 $ 43,940



Map of employment of order clerks by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Order Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 23,030 12.01 12.64 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,910 1.03 1.08 $ 18.37 $ 38,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,130 1.42 1.50 $ 19.87 $ 41,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,240 0.77 0.81 $ 19.56 $ 40,690
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,090 1.26 1.33 $ 15.96 $ 33,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,350 1.05 1.10 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,270 0.63 0.67 $ 18.59 $ 38,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,060 0.78 0.82 $ 18.91 $ 39,340
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,960 1.09 1.15 $ 19.53 $ 40,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,760 1.15 1.21 $ 19.24 $ 40,030


Map of location quotient of order clerks by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 23,030 12.01 12.64 (8) (8)
Reno, NV 850 3.62 3.81 $ 16.30 $ 33,910
Portland-South Portland, ME 700 3.54 3.73 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
New Haven, CT 930 3.39 3.57 $ 19.30 $ 40,140
Ocean City, NJ 110 2.69 2.83 (8) (8)
Jefferson City, MO 160 2.24 2.36 $ 15.52 $ 32,280
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 320 2.19 2.31 $ 17.35 $ 36,080
Medford, OR 170 2.02 2.13 $ 14.93 $ 31,060
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 120 2.01 2.11 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Springfield, MO 390 1.87 1.97 $ 17.02 $ 35,410