Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
176,850 1.6 % $16.90 $35,160 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.01 $12.48 $16.04 $20.20 $25.06
Annual Wage (2) $20,820 $25,960 $33,370 $42,010 $52,130


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)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 19,690 5.41 $14.45 $30,050
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 7,410 0.66 $17.08 $35,530
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 7,360 0.99 $16.52 $34,350
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 7,290 0.82 $18.67 $38,840
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,270 1.09 $20.97 $43,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 19,690 5.41 $14.45 $30,050
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 3,200 2.15 $15.87 $33,000
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,960 1.85 $18.26 $37,980
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 3,220 1.62 $15.81 $32,890
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,720 1.44 $18.05 $37,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $26.65 $55,430
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $25.61 $53,260
Oil and Gas Extraction 130 0.07 $23.47 $48,810
Urban Transit Systems 60 0.12 $23.45 $48,780
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 520 0.48 $23.18 $48,210


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 34,260 2.15 1.70 $17.53 $36,470
Texas 22,100 1.88 1.49 $18.76 $39,020
Ohio 10,050 1.88 1.49 $16.57 $34,470
Florida 7,890 0.96 0.76 $14.64 $30,460
Illinois 7,370 1.25 0.99 $17.29 $35,950




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)
Vermont 790 2.58 2.05 $17.48 $36,370
Nebraska 2,420 2.50 1.99 $15.48 $32,190
Oregon 4,350 2.43 1.93 $16.79 $34,910
California 34,260 2.15 1.70 $17.53 $36,470
Maine 1,230 2.06 1.64 $15.45 $32,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 320 0.76 0.61 $19.04 $39,600
Massachusetts 2,760 0.80 0.63 $18.92 $39,360
Texas 22,100 1.88 1.49 $18.76 $39,020
Connecticut 1,410 0.84 0.67 $18.37 $38,210
Idaho 710 1.07 0.85 $18.16 $37,770





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,990 2.84 2.26 $16.62 $34,570
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,630 2.73 2.17 $18.34 $38,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,040 2.06 1.63 $22.06 $45,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,020 0.91 0.73 $17.11 $35,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,400 1.21 0.96 $17.80 $37,020
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,730 2.39 1.89 $16.89 $35,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,250 2.38 1.89 $17.32 $36,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,740 2.62 2.08 $19.48 $40,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,730 1.41 1.12 $15.89 $33,060
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,440 1.76 1.40 $18.25 $37,970