Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
2,828,140 0.4 % $13.90 $28,920 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.53 $10.05 $13.07 $16.78 $20.86
Annual Wage (2) $17,740 $20,910 $27,190 $34,910 $43,390


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) 191,580 3.47 $15.37 $31,960
Employment Services 158,330 5.37 $12.92 $26,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 149,620 5.24 $14.27 $29,690
Elementary and Secondary Schools 113,420 1.35 $13.98 $29,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 92,440 1.78 $14.64 $30,450

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 31,490 11.69 $13.00 $27,030
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 1,270 6.58 $13.64 $28,380
Office Administrative Services 25,870 6.40 $13.72 $28,530
Death Care Services 8,390 6.36 $12.05 $25,070
Grantmaking and Giving Services 7,590 5.97 $13.98 $29,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,830 0.28 $25.56 $53,170
Natural Gas Distribution 2,830 2.61 $20.99 $43,670
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 450 0.29 $20.46 $42,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,430 1.30 $19.82 $41,220
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,670 1.05 $19.02 $39,570


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 318,100 22.66 1.03 $15.54 $32,320
Texas 264,430 25.66 1.16 $13.78 $28,670
New York 203,480 24.15 1.10 $14.05 $29,230
Pennsylvania 146,420 26.39 1.20 $14.15 $29,440
Florida 140,220 19.61 0.89 $12.67 $26,350




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 31,500 44.98 2.04 $12.03 $25,020
Alaska 9,310 29.74 1.35 $16.88 $35,120
Michigan 110,380 28.83 1.31 $13.90 $28,910
Idaho 16,680 28.13 1.28 $13.15 $27,360
Virginia 96,140 27.06 1.23 $13.99 $29,090




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 9,520 14.76 0.67 $18.04 $37,530
Alaska 9,310 29.74 1.35 $16.88 $35,120
Massachusetts 59,360 18.80 0.85 $16.25 $33,800
New Hampshire 12,860 21.19 0.96 $16.08 $33,440
Connecticut 26,950 16.75 0.76 $15.77 $32,800





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 129,040 25.49 1.16 $14.44 $30,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 91,620 23.97 1.09 $15.06 $31,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 85,470 23.85 1.08 $14.99 $31,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 65,810 25.79 1.17 $14.59 $30,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 52,210 25.53 1.16 $14.88 $30,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 50,540 22.69 1.03 $12.78 $26,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 50,040 21.66 0.98 $16.13 $33,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 45,970 25.33 1.15 $15.31 $31,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 36,470 21.31 0.97 $14.74 $30,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 34,990 20.60 0.93 $14.89 $30,980