Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.


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)
2,955,550 0.4 % $15.87 $33,010 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.28 $11.20 $14.70 $19.01 $24.24
Annual Wage (2) $19,300 $23,300 $30,580 $39,530 $50,410


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 170,820 3.18 $16.77 $34,890
Employment Services 151,190 4.18 $14.50 $30,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 135,430 4.50 $15.03 $31,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 118,690 1.41 $15.22 $31,660
State Government (OES Designation) 80,960 3.70 $16.18 $33,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 34,590 11.51 $15.30 $31,820
Office Administrative Services 37,610 7.81 $15.50 $32,240
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 1,770 7.37 $15.73 $32,710
Other Investment Pools and Funds 400 6.93 $14.75 $30,680
Death Care Services 8,710 6.38 $14.37 $29,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 3,100 2.74 $27.19 $56,560
Postal Service 1,260 0.20 $27.11 $56,390
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 530 0.91 $21.76 $45,260
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 380 0.18 $21.74 $45,220
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5,470 0.95 $21.02 $43,710


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)
Texas 363,020 30.91 1.47 $16.53 $34,380
California 320,890 20.10 0.95 $16.96 $35,270
New York 188,240 20.69 0.98 $15.91 $33,090
Florida 163,290 19.86 0.94 $14.25 $29,630
Pennsylvania 143,570 24.98 1.19 $15.72 $32,710




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)
West Virginia 24,630 35.31 1.68 $13.34 $27,750
Texas 363,020 30.91 1.47 $16.53 $34,380
Wisconsin 84,250 30.04 1.43 $16.12 $33,520
Montana 13,240 29.12 1.38 $14.73 $30,630
Pennsylvania 143,570 24.98 1.19 $15.72 $32,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 6,810 21.04 1.00 $22.66 $47,130
District of Columbia 10,000 14.23 0.68 $20.08 $41,770
Colorado 44,650 17.81 0.85 $18.54 $38,570
Massachusetts 63,080 18.23 0.87 $18.24 $37,940
Connecticut 32,340 19.41 0.92 $18.21 $37,870





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 139,320 21.15 1.00 $16.36 $34,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 93,630 22.18 1.05 $16.17 $33,640
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 87,660 24.09 1.14 $17.63 $36,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 86,090 29.33 1.39 $17.85 $37,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 73,650 30.31 1.44 $17.02 $35,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 47,070 18.90 0.90 $18.94 $39,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 46,830 18.34 0.87 $14.63 $30,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 36,220 18.72 0.89 $16.91 $35,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 35,880 18.78 0.89 $17.51 $36,430
Austin-Round Rock, TX 30,800 31.91 1.52 $17.18 $35,740