Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
169,120 3.0 % $16.99 $35,330 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.30 $12.59 $16.11 $20.37 $25.26
Annual Wage (2) $21,430 $26,180 $33,510 $42,370 $52,540


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 29,220 7.47 $15.96 $33,190
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 15,670 1.18 $19.00 $39,520
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 8,050 0.85 $16.97 $35,290
General Merchandise Stores 6,880 0.21 $14.13 $29,400
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 6,580 1.01 $19.26 $40,060

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 29,220 7.47 $15.96 $33,190
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 3,050 2.07 $15.92 $33,110
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 3,920 1.19 $17.40 $36,190
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 15,670 1.18 $19.00 $39,520
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 560 1.05 $17.85 $37,140

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 70 0.01 $26.91 $55,970
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 310 0.08 $25.78 $53,620
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.07 $25.26 $52,530
Support Activities for Mining 110 0.04 $25.08 $52,170
Urban Transit Systems 70 0.15 $23.78 $49,460


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 33,650 2.02 1.70 $18.03 $37,510
Texas 19,950 1.68 1.41 $17.54 $36,490
Ohio 9,310 1.73 1.46 $16.28 $33,870
Washington 8,290 2.60 2.19 $21.26 $44,220
Florida 7,670 0.91 0.77 $15.65 $32,550




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)
Washington 8,290 2.60 2.19 $21.26 $44,220
Vermont 680 2.24 1.89 $17.24 $35,850
Wisconsin 6,010 2.13 1.79 $17.12 $35,600
California 33,650 2.02 1.70 $18.03 $37,510
Tennessee 5,470 1.88 1.58 $16.32 $33,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 8,290 2.60 2.19 $21.26 $44,220
Connecticut 1,040 0.63 0.53 $19.79 $41,170
North Dakota 240 0.59 0.49 $18.87 $39,240
Massachusetts 2,530 0.72 0.60 $18.83 $39,170
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $18.44 $38,350



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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 11,600 2.62 2.21 $17.26 $35,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,850 2.35 1.98 $17.22 $35,830
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,560 0.83 0.70 $16.65 $34,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,460 1.86 1.57 $18.71 $38,910
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,640 2.25 1.90 $17.58 $36,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,450 0.94 0.80 $18.31 $38,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,840 1.98 1.67 $17.12 $35,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,780 1.94 1.63 $18.87 $39,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,590 2.38 2.00 $20.32 $42,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,410 1.22 1.03 $15.56 $32,370


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 330 3.37 2.84 $17.17 $35,710
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 320 3.35 2.82 $14.42 $29,980
Madison, WI 1,290 3.33 2.81 $17.95 $37,350
Wausau, WI 190 2.76 2.32 $14.93 $31,050
Sheboygan, WI 160 2.71 2.28 $17.75 $36,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,600 2.62 2.21 $17.26 $35,890
Racine, WI 180 2.44 2.06 $14.16 $29,440
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 370 2.40 2.02 $17.92 $37,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,590 2.38 2.00 $20.32 $42,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,850 2.35 1.98 $17.22 $35,830