Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

National estimates for this occupation
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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)
1,728,730 0.5 % $13.77 $28,650 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.49 $10.51 $13.16 $16.45 $20.13
Annual Wage (2) $17,670 $21,860 $27,380 $34,210 $41,870

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Accounting and bookkeeping services 76,600 $13.76 $28,620 1 163
Local government (OES designation) 72,570 $14.10 $29,320 2 138
Management of companies and enterprises 63,340 $14.14 $29,410 3 134
Depository credit intermediation 52,990 $12.23 $25,440 4 263
Employment services 46,580 $12.28 $25,540 5 262

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Securities and commodity contracts brokerage 11,230 $20.79 $43,230 42 1
Securities and commodity exchanges 80 $18.21 $37,880 290 2
Other financial investment activities 9,330 $17.74 $36,890 54 3
Insurance and employee benefit funds 2,010 $17.15 $35,660 158 4
Power generation and supply 3,830 $17.13 $35,630 103 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Dakota 7,730 $10.62 $22,080 2.124% 366
Vermont 6,030 $13.22 $27,490 2.054% 316
North Dakota 6,070 $10.65 $22,160 1.940% 372
Wyoming 4,280 $11.18 $23,250 1.781% 326
Montana 6,960 $11.08 $23,050 1.778% 397

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 5,040 $17.67 $36,760 0.847% 268
Connecticut 26,050 $16.50 $34,320 1.587% 359
Alaska 4,750 $15.98 $33,250 1.657% 287
New Jersey 60,880 $15.78 $32,830 1.579% 435
Massachusetts 45,950 $15.68 $32,620 1.436% 427

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rapid City, SD MSA 1,160 $10.42 $21,670 2.310%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 4,460 $18.83 $39,160 2.231%
Bellingham, WA MSA 1,400 $13.85 $28,800 2.098%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 5,660 $12.36 $25,710 2.064%
Missoula, MT MSA 1,100 $11.67 $24,270 2.057%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 4,460 $18.83 $39,160 2.231%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 13,790 $18.53 $38,540 1.383%
San Jose, CA PMSA 10,180 $18.25 $37,970 1.140%
Oakland, CA PMSA 12,300 $17.61 $36,620 1.226%
New York, NY PMSA 56,940 $17.17 $35,720 1.426%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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