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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

43-9061 Office Clerks, General

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.


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)
2,956,060 0.5 % $17.48 $36,360 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.16 $12.60 $16.37 $20.96 $26.59
Annual Wage (2) $21,140 $26,220 $34,040 $43,590 $55,300


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 169,990 3.07 $18.49 $38,450
Employment Services 138,760 3.77 $16.14 $33,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 138,750 4.49 $16.58 $34,490
Elementary and Secondary Schools 119,830 1.39 $16.72 $34,770
Real Estate 110,900 6.65 $17.32 $36,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Investment Pools and Funds 700 7.27 $21.12 $43,930
Death Care Services 9,190 6.71 $15.49 $32,210
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 410 6.66 $21.21 $44,130
Real Estate 110,900 6.65 $17.32 $36,030
Office Administrative Services 30,760 6.17 $17.65 $36,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 1,140 0.18 $28.55 $59,380
Natural Gas Distribution 2,410 2.20 $27.84 $57,900
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 240 2.03 $24.15 $50,230
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.38 $23.46 $48,800
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,470 1.16 $22.99 $47,820


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 333,940 19.21 0.95 $19.14 $39,810
Texas 313,750 25.24 1.25 $17.66 $36,720
Florida 191,650 21.79 1.08 $16.51 $34,350
New York 186,380 19.57 0.97 $17.87 $37,160
Illinois 161,770 26.85 1.33 $18.34 $38,150




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)
Wyoming 7,960 29.11 1.45 $18.37 $38,210
Montana 12,840 27.44 1.36 $16.29 $33,880
Pennsylvania 159,110 26.96 1.34 $17.76 $36,940
Illinois 161,770 26.85 1.33 $18.34 $38,150
West Virginia 18,620 26.52 1.32 $14.32 $29,790




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 10,820 14.96 0.74 $22.58 $46,960
Alaska 7,360 23.22 1.15 $21.65 $45,040
Colorado 39,570 14.77 0.73 $20.46 $42,550
North Dakota 10,740 25.42 1.26 $20.34 $42,310
Washington 69,370 20.90 1.04 $20.00 $41,600





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 184,170 19.07 0.95 $18.07 $37,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 125,400 20.10 1.00 $18.84 $39,200
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 122,440 26.18 1.30 $18.71 $38,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 90,790 24.83 1.23 $17.79 $37,000
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 73,810 24.18 1.20 $19.70 $40,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 69,020 24.00 1.19 $18.98 $39,480
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 61,820 23.40 1.16 $16.77 $34,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 51,390 16.16 0.80 $19.91 $41,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 42,550 15.21 0.76 $20.30 $42,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 42,260 15.40 0.77 $16.45 $34,220