Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
159,210 3.0 % $17.21 $35,790 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.71 $12.75 $16.09 $20.56 $25.59
Annual Wage (2) $22,280 $26,520 $33,460 $42,760 $53,240


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 28,330 7.13 $16.68 $34,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 15,540 1.11 $18.87 $39,250
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 7,920 0.81 $17.55 $36,500
General Merchandise Stores 7,730 0.24 $12.60 $26,220
Warehousing and Storage 5,640 0.49 $15.67 $32,590

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 28,330 7.13 $16.68 $34,700
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 3,290 2.15 $16.68 $34,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 4,410 1.18 $17.96 $37,350
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 15,540 1.11 $18.87 $39,250
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 530 0.99 $18.78 $39,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services (8) (8) $28.65 $59,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 300 0.08 $27.41 $57,000
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $25.36 $52,740
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $23.48 $48,850
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $22.28 $46,340


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 32,640 1.92 1.74 $18.35 $38,160
Texas 18,090 1.49 1.36 $17.46 $36,320
Florida 10,650 1.24 1.12 $16.21 $33,710
Ohio 8,350 1.54 1.40 $16.14 $33,560
Washington 8,060 2.47 2.25 $21.62 $44,980




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)
Maine 1,940 3.20 2.90 $14.90 $30,990
Washington 8,060 2.47 2.25 $21.62 $44,980
Vermont 590 1.93 1.75 $18.06 $37,560
Wisconsin 5,480 1.92 1.75 $17.23 $35,840
California 32,640 1.92 1.74 $18.35 $38,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 8,060 2.47 2.25 $21.62 $44,980
Wyoming 30 0.13 0.12 $19.21 $39,960
Connecticut 670 0.40 0.37 $19.07 $39,670
Massachusetts 2,260 0.63 0.58 $18.93 $39,380
California 32,640 1.92 1.74 $18.35 $38,160





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-Anaheim, CA 15,310 2.50 2.27 $17.48 $36,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,950 0.84 0.76 $17.31 $36,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,960 1.95 1.77 $16.75 $34,840
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 5,460 4.16 3.78 $16.76 $34,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,470 1.50 1.36 $19.71 $41,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,040 1.67 1.52 $20.92 $43,510
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,030 0.65 0.59 $16.77 $34,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,010 1.06 0.96 $16.26 $33,820
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,800 1.87 1.70 $17.01 $35,380
Columbus, OH 2,640 2.51 2.28 $15.19 $31,590