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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees’ time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks. Excludes “Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks” (43-3031).


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)
142,700 1.0 % $22.79 $47,390 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.58 $17.79 $22.20 $27.42 $31.83
Annual Wage (2) $30,320 $37,000 $46,180 $57,030 $66,210


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 13,220 1.35 $21.44 $44,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,200 0.54 $24.23 $50,400
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8,600 0.10 $22.79 $47,400
Employment Services 7,950 0.22 $22.01 $45,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,900 0.12 $23.91 $49,730

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 13,220 1.35 $21.44 $44,590
Office Administrative Services 3,560 0.72 $22.35 $46,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13,200 0.54 $24.23 $50,400
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,090 0.32 $28.50 $59,280
Support Activities for Water Transportation 290 0.30 $27.32 $56,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 300 0.09 $28.72 $59,730
Grain and Oilseed Milling 60 0.10 $28.65 $59,590
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1,090 0.32 $28.50 $59,280
Rail Transportation 360 0.15 $28.23 $58,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.06 $28.11 $58,470


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 21,740 1.25 1.29 $25.92 $53,910
Texas 13,270 1.07 1.10 $21.82 $45,370
New York 8,620 0.90 0.93 $23.89 $49,700
Florida 7,520 0.86 0.88 $21.06 $43,800
Pennsylvania 5,430 0.92 0.95 $21.83 $45,410




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)
Oklahoma 2,450 1.51 1.56 $21.52 $44,750
South Carolina 2,840 1.35 1.39 $17.16 $35,700
Louisiana 2,410 1.26 1.29 $19.42 $40,390
California 21,740 1.25 1.29 $25.92 $53,910
Montana 580 1.23 1.27 $19.44 $40,430




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 360 0.49 0.51 $30.41 $63,260
Connecticut 1,650 0.99 1.02 $26.37 $54,850
California 21,740 1.25 1.29 $25.92 $53,910
Massachusetts 3,170 0.88 0.90 $25.51 $53,070
Washington 3,160 0.95 0.98 $25.37 $52,770





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 7,820 0.81 0.83 $24.77 $51,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,720 1.24 1.27 $26.00 $54,070
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,880 1.06 1.09 $23.13 $48,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,360 1.10 1.13 $22.10 $45,970
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,230 0.69 0.71 $25.66 $53,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,910 1.18 1.21 $30.42 $63,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,780 1.01 1.04 $23.73 $49,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,770 0.96 0.99 $23.28 $48,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,560 0.92 0.94 $25.91 $53,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,480 1.17 1.20 $21.91 $45,560