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

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, office machine operation, and filing.


National estimates for Office Clerks, General
Industry profile for Office Clerks, General
Geographic profile for Office Clerks, General

National estimates for Office Clerks, General:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Office Clerks, General:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,578,180 0.4 % $ 18.75 $ 38,990 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Office Clerks, General:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.30 $ 14.14 $ 17.81 $ 22.55 $ 28.31
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,500 $ 29,410 $ 37,030 $ 46,900 $ 58,870


Industry profile for Office Clerks, General:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Office Clerks, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 162,610 3.03 $ 19.82 $ 41,220
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 102,270 3.43 $ 17.40 $ 36,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools 99,180 1.23 $ 17.73 $ 36,880
Real Estate 98,730 5.91 $ 18.35 $ 38,160
Employment Services 93,550 2.68 $ 17.38 $ 36,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Office Clerks, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 9,170 6.94 $ 16.83 $ 35,000
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 6.58 $ 17.24 $ 35,860
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 4,800 6.26 $ 16.93 $ 35,220
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other 120 6.22 $ 17.58 $ 36,560
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 3,440 6.20 $ 15.92 $ 33,110

Top paying industries for Office Clerks, General:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 120 1.08 $ 32.96 $ 68,550
Natural Gas Distribution 2,250 2.05 $ 31.59 $ 65,700
Postal Service (federal government) 1,100 0.17 $ 29.75 $ 61,870
Inland Water Transportation 370 1.46 $ 28.49 $ 59,260
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.31 $ 27.27 $ 56,720


Geographic profile for Office Clerks, General:

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



Map of employment of office clerks, general by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Office Clerks, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 274,700 16.62 0.91 $ 21.04 $ 43,770
Texas 235,230 19.24 1.05 $ 17.41 $ 36,200
Florida 187,590 21.80 1.19 $ 17.76 $ 36,950
Illinois 146,190 26.02 1.42 $ 19.33 $ 40,210
New York 134,130 15.47 0.85 $ 20.19 $ 42,000


Map of location quotient of office clerks, general by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Office Clerks, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 15,680 28.59 1.56 $ 19.52 $ 40,610
Wyoming 7,380 28.32 1.55 $ 19.76 $ 41,100
North Dakota 11,080 28.05 1.53 $ 21.18 $ 44,060
Illinois 146,190 26.02 1.42 $ 19.33 $ 40,210
Michigan 100,090 24.65 1.35 $ 19.10 $ 39,720


Map of annual mean wages of office clerks, general by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Office Clerks, General:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 9,610 14.52 0.79 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
Colorado 35,340 13.48 0.74 $ 22.54 $ 46,870
Washington 54,620 17.04 0.93 $ 21.64 $ 45,000
Massachusetts 49,950 14.72 0.80 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
North Dakota 11,080 28.05 1.53 $ 21.18 $ 44,060



Map of employment of office clerks, general by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Office Clerks, General:

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 136,310 15.71 0.86 $ 20.84 $ 43,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 104,770 24.75 1.35 $ 19.88 $ 41,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 102,320 17.89 0.98 $ 21.13 $ 43,950
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 67,650 18.85 1.03 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 56,120 22.88 1.25 $ 17.87 $ 37,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 54,530 18.82 1.03 $ 18.51 $ 38,500
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 50,930 19.19 1.05 $ 20.52 $ 42,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 45,100 15.38 0.84 $ 22.17 $ 46,120
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 40,530 22.50 1.23 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 36,090 13.96 0.76 $ 22.16 $ 46,100


Map of location quotient of office clerks, general by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Office Clerks, General:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, FL 4,850 36.41 1.99 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 6,810 34.54 1.89 $ 19.94 $ 41,460
Springfield, IL 3,260 33.68 1.84 $ 19.45 $ 40,460
Champaign-Urbana, IL 3,280 33.38 1.82 $ 19.57 $ 40,710
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 2,420 32.36 1.77 $ 15.57 $ 32,380
Carbondale-Marion, IL 1,620 31.67 1.73 $ 17.62 $ 36,660
Casper, WY 1,150 31.66 1.73 $ 20.00 $ 41,590
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,580 31.44 1.72 $ 12.87 $ 26,770
State College, PA 1,930 30.16 1.65 $ 19.39 $ 40,330
Bismarck, ND 2,090 30.14 1.65 $ 21.87 $ 45,480