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

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 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Industry profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Geographic profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

National estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,443,940 0.5 % $ 21.20 $ 44,100 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.01 $ 16.31 $ 20.39 $ 25.21 $ 30.72
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,050 $ 33,920 $ 42,410 $ 52,430 $ 63,900


Industry profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 113,370 11.56 $ 21.49 $ 44,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 75,240 3.11 $ 22.02 $ 45,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 61,620 1.14 $ 21.83 $ 45,410
Real Estate 52,970 3.21 $ 21.17 $ 44,030
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 40,640 2.00 $ 20.97 $ 43,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 113,370 11.56 $ 21.49 $ 44,690
Office Administrative Services 27,270 5.47 $ 21.42 $ 44,560
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 1,130 3.90 $ 23.51 $ 48,890
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 780 3.71 $ 22.38 $ 46,540
Freight Transportation Arrangement 8,350 3.58 $ 21.44 $ 44,600

Top paying industries for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 320 0.05 $ 34.05 $ 70,820
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 200 1.00 $ 28.33 $ 58,930
Natural Gas Distribution 500 0.46 $ 26.87 $ 55,880
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.14 $ 26.25 $ 54,590
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 220 3.13 $ 26.11 $ 54,300


Geographic profile for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

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





States with the highest employment level in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 168,720 10.27 0.99 $ 24.11 $ 50,160
Texas 131,120 10.83 1.04 $ 20.46 $ 42,560
New York 92,810 10.68 1.03 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
Florida 90,050 10.67 1.03 $ 20.37 $ 42,370
Illinois 58,980 10.48 1.01 $ 21.69 $ 45,120




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 9,320 22.67 2.18 $ 17.14 $ 35,660
Montana 7,470 16.40 1.58 $ 18.09 $ 37,620
Vermont 4,110 14.63 1.41 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Delaware 5,850 13.73 1.32 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
Oklahoma 20,970 13.42 1.29 $ 19.31 $ 40,160




Top paying states for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,700 3.93 0.38 $ 27.86 $ 57,950
Massachusetts 38,570 11.51 1.11 $ 24.38 $ 50,710
Connecticut 16,470 10.69 1.03 $ 24.29 $ 50,530
California 168,720 10.27 0.99 $ 24.11 $ 50,160
Alaska 3,810 12.86 1.24 $ 23.66 $ 49,200





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing 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 92,820 10.51 1.01 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 66,280 11.38 1.10 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 44,930 10.30 0.99 $ 22.39 $ 46,570
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 41,460 11.55 1.11 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 33,320 11.22 1.08 $ 21.66 $ 45,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 28,990 11.14 1.07 $ 25.10 $ 52,210
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 27,800 10.31 0.99 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 27,540 10.98 1.06 $ 21.28 $ 44,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 23,970 7.93 0.76 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 22,290 9.56 0.92 $ 26.61 $ 55,350




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 1,500 23.70 2.28 $ 17.37 $ 36,130
Sioux Falls, SD 2,960 19.29 1.86 $ 17.77 $ 36,970
Leominster-Gardner, MA 840 17.45 1.68 $ 22.08 $ 45,930
Billings, MT 1,430 17.02 1.64 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Missoula, MT 1,000 16.98 1.64 $ 17.28 $ 35,930
Utica-Rome, NY 1,950 16.91 1.63 $ 19.75 $ 41,090
Great Falls, MT 530 15.53 1.50 $ 16.94 $ 35,230
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 730 15.37 1.48 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Tulsa, OK 6,510 15.21 1.47 $ 21.11 $ 43,910
Monroe, LA 1,070 14.87 1.43 $ 18.41 $ 38,300