Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Compile and post employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions. May prepare paychecks.

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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)
194,330 1.0 % $14.75 $30,670 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.41 $11.58 $14.22 $17.40 $21.01
Annual Wage (2) $19,580 $24,090 $29,590 $36,190 $43,710

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
Elementary and secondary schools 11,200 $15.43 $32,100 1 87
Local government (OES designation) 10,930 $15.19 $31,590 2 105
Management of companies and enterprises 9,720 $15.96 $33,190 3 67
Employment services 8,880 $13.48 $28,030 4 221
Accounting and bookkeeping services 7,490 $14.23 $29,590 5 182

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Telecommunications resellers 150 $21.46 $44,630 199 1
Wired telecommunications carriers 1,050 $20.46 $42,550 37 2
School and employee bus transportation 370 $19.99 $41,580 101 3
Natural gas distribution 170 $19.82 $41,220 194 4
Internet publishing and broadcasting 40 $19.76 $41,110 264 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
Alaska 630 $18.20 $37,850 0.216% 274
Arizona 4,530 $12.67 $26,350 0.200% 461
Mississippi 2,020 $12.54 $26,090 0.186% 395
South Carolina 3,250 $13.25 $27,550 0.184% 390
Indiana 5,260 $14.05 $29,210 0.184% 454

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 630 $18.20 $37,850 0.216% 274
Massachusetts 4,850 $17.26 $35,900 0.153% 406
New York 11,500 $17.22 $35,810 0.139% 419
District of Columbia 1,050 $17.09 $35,550 0.177% 300
Connecticut 2,550 $17.06 $35,470 0.155% 388

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
Lawton, OK MSA 110 $11.30 $23,510 0.298%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 240 $14.98 $31,150 0.286%
Amarillo, TX MSA 260 $10.28 $21,380 0.272%
Corvallis, OR MSA 80 $11.60 $24,140 0.270%
Yakima, WA MSA 200 $14.54 $30,250 0.261%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,180 $21.38 $44,470 0.134%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,450 $20.86 $43,400 0.149%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 230 $19.73 $41,030 0.115%
New York, NY PMSA 4,990 $19.24 $40,020 0.126%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,570 $19.00 $39,520 0.154%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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