Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

43-4151 Order Clerks

Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Duties include informing customers of receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays; preparing contracts; and handling complaints. Exclude "Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance" (43-5032) who both dispatch and take orders for services.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
303,320 1.4 % $12.77 $26,560 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.71 $9.48 $12.05 $15.34 $18.84
Annual Wage (2) $16,030 $19,720 $25,070 $31,910 $39,180

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
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 22,460 $10.59 $22,020 1 230
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 10,590 $14.63 $30,440 2 49
Couriers 10,300 $14.95 $31,100 3 41
Business support services 9,040 $10.10 $21,000 4 239
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 8,620 $12.88 $26,780 5 144

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Natural gas distribution 300 $20.51 $42,650 141 1
Wired telecommunications carriers 4,070 $18.12 $37,690 16 2
Power generation and supply 670 $17.88 $37,190 88 3
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 170 $17.76 $36,930 180 4
Software publishers 1,080 $17.23 $35,840 57 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
Vermont 1,580 $11.80 $24,540 0.544% 388
Idaho 2,670 $9.97 $20,730 0.472% 490
Utah 4,910 $13.07 $27,190 0.471% 430
Wisconsin 12,440 $11.44 $23,790 0.462% 590
South Dakota 1,170 $9.90 $20,600 0.330% 404

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 370 $15.47 $32,180 0.127% 342
New Jersey 11,770 $14.59 $30,360 0.304% 505
Massachusetts 6,220 $14.50 $30,160 0.196% 513
New York 12,360 $14.29 $29,720 0.150% 527
Minnesota 6,310 $14.12 $29,360 0.243% 498

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
Madison, WI MSA 1,990 $11.59 $24,100 0.709%
Burlington, VT MSA 610 $12.02 $25,010 0.581%
Provo-Orem, UT MSA 750 $12.18 $25,340 0.523%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 3,340 $14.89 $30,970 0.523%
Brockton, MA PMSA 510 $11.10 $23,080 0.512%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 2,320 $17.23 $35,840 0.264%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 460 $17.09 $35,550 0.230%
Anchorage, AK MSA 240 $16.64 $34,610 0.174%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 330 $16.16 $33,610 0.158%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 310 $16.03 $33,340 0.249%

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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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