Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
2,972,930 0.4 % $16.92 $35,200 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.84 $12.06 $15.74 $20.22 $25.73
Annual Wage (2) $20,470 $25,090 $32,730 $42,050 $53,510


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 171,770 3.13 $18.02 $37,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 155,230 5.10 $15.95 $33,170
Employment Services 147,560 4.03 $15.51 $32,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 122,470 1.43 $16.19 $33,680
Real Estate 107,230 6.62 $16.77 $34,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Investment Pools and Funds 630 7.41 $19.27 $40,090
Real Estate 107,230 6.62 $16.77 $34,890
Death Care Services 8,850 6.46 $14.70 $30,580
Office Administrative Services 31,550 6.36 $16.81 $34,950
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 3,110 6.04 $16.09 $33,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 2,550 2.33 $29.91 $62,220
Postal Service (federal government) 1,140 0.18 $28.42 $59,100
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,460 1.13 $22.57 $46,940
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 100 0.57 $22.27 $46,320
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,170 1.26 $21.99 $45,750


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 331,120 19.47 0.95 $18.30 $38,060
Texas 330,250 27.26 1.33 $17.41 $36,210
New York 189,360 20.18 0.98 $17.02 $35,410
Florida 186,860 21.71 1.06 $15.83 $32,920
Illinois 165,970 27.70 1.35 $17.89 $37,220




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)
Montana 13,310 28.73 1.40 $16.03 $33,350
Pennsylvania 162,570 27.80 1.35 $17.05 $35,460
Wyoming 7,460 27.71 1.35 $17.75 $36,930
Illinois 165,970 27.70 1.35 $17.89 $37,220
West Virginia 19,110 27.43 1.34 $13.92 $28,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 7,350 23.31 1.13 $22.24 $46,250
District of Columbia 10,270 14.42 0.70 $21.70 $45,140
Colorado 41,290 15.76 0.77 $19.64 $40,840
Washington 73,370 22.51 1.10 $19.36 $40,260
Massachusetts 60,130 16.84 0.82 $19.32 $40,190





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 187,220 19.71 0.96 $17.29 $35,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 126,920 27.34 1.33 $18.37 $38,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 125,290 20.48 1.00 $17.80 $37,030
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 97,030 27.19 1.32 $17.45 $36,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 77,240 25.90 1.26 $18.79 $39,080
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 71,420 25.07 1.22 $17.99 $37,410
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 59,570 23.00 1.12 $16.44 $34,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 52,160 16.64 0.81 $19.14 $39,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 45,010 16.31 0.79 $19.98 $41,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 42,760 15.94 0.78 $15.42 $32,080