Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers. Excludes "Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks" (43-3051).


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)
1,643,470 0.4 % $17.37 $36,120 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.31 $13.18 $16.70 $20.88 $25.60
Annual Wage (2) $21,450 $27,400 $34,740 $43,440 $53,250


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)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 96,260 11.60 $17.13 $35,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises 76,910 4.04 $17.82 $37,070
Local Government (OES Designation) 71,380 1.29 $17.88 $37,200
Depository Credit Intermediation 52,210 3.05 $16.54 $34,410
Elementary and Secondary Schools 39,450 0.47 $17.78 $36,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 96,260 11.60 $17.13 $35,630
Office Administrative Services 23,450 5.80 $17.80 $37,020
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1,130 5.68 $19.73 $41,030
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 12,100 4.49 $17.33 $36,050
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 3,220 4.29 $15.15 $31,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 700 0.11 $27.68 $57,570
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,770 1.07 $21.84 $45,420
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 7,180 1.55 $21.32 $44,340
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.33 $21.19 $44,080
Other Financial Investment Activities 8,350 2.44 $20.84 $43,350


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 178,590 12.72 0.99 $19.69 $40,950
Texas 122,660 11.90 0.93 $17.02 $35,410
New York 119,840 14.22 1.11 $19.29 $40,120
Florida 95,810 13.40 1.05 $16.05 $33,390
Pennsylvania 68,010 12.26 0.96 $17.38 $36,140




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 11,310 26.60 2.08 $15.23 $31,690
South Dakota 9,220 23.49 1.83 $13.59 $28,260
North Dakota 7,540 20.29 1.58 $15.83 $32,930
Oklahoma 30,020 20.04 1.56 $14.26 $29,670
Vermont 5,310 18.25 1.42 $16.44 $34,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 4,390 6.81 0.53 $23.48 $48,830
Connecticut 19,730 12.26 0.96 $19.89 $41,380
Alaska 4,590 14.66 1.14 $19.77 $41,110
California 178,590 12.72 0.99 $19.69 $40,950
Massachusetts 41,020 12.99 1.01 $19.65 $40,860





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 66,060 13.05 1.02 $20.67 $43,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 53,800 14.07 1.10 $19.14 $39,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 32,870 9.17 0.72 $18.47 $38,430
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 29,600 11.60 0.91 $18.56 $38,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 27,890 12.52 0.98 $17.81 $37,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 26,600 13.01 1.02 $18.20 $37,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 23,060 9.98 0.78 $21.08 $43,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 22,840 12.59 0.98 $19.69 $40,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 21,010 12.54 0.98 $20.63 $42,920
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 20,920 17.30 1.35 $20.39 $42,410