Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

43-4021 Correspondence Clerks

Compose letters in reply to requests for merchandise, damage claims, credit and other information, delinquent accounts, incorrect billings, or unsatisfactory services. Duties may include gathering data to formulate reply and typing correspondence.

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)
23,680 4.6 % $13.75 $28,600 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.36 $10.95 $13.14 $16.13 $19.30
Annual Wage (2) $19,460 $22,770 $27,330 $33,550 $40,140

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance carriers 4,640 $14.46 $30,080
Activities related to credit intermediation 1,970 $12.97 $26,980
Nondepository credit intermediation 1,400 $13.03 $27,100
Employment services 1,090 $12.03 $25,030
Depository credit intermediation 1,040 $14.02 $29,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Chemical merchant wholesalers (7) $18.62 $38,740
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 50 $17.38 $36,150
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 80 $16.77 $34,870
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 190 $16.62 $34,560
Telecommunications resellers (7) $16.23 $33,760

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
South Dakota 400 $11.00 $22,870 0.110%
Rhode Island 220 $14.69 $30,560 0.046%
Oklahoma 570 $12.92 $26,860 0.040%
Pennsylvania 2,100 $13.76 $28,620 0.038%
Massachusetts 1,000 $14.00 $29,120 0.032%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia (7) $18.88 $39,280 (7)
Maryland 410 $18.24 $37,950 0.017%
Virginia 450 $16.61 $34,550 0.013%
New Jersey 1,050 $16.03 $33,350 0.027%
Indiana 520 $15.84 $32,940 0.018%

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
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 210 $11.67 $24,260 0.181%
Tulsa, OK MSA 340 $13.63 $28,340 0.092%
Rapid City, SD MSA 40 $10.88 $22,640 0.082%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 650 $15.39 $32,000 0.061%
Macon, GA MSA 70 $11.81 $24,570 0.048%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 50 $28.38 $59,030 0.013%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 30 $19.98 $41,560 0.013%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 250 $18.10 $37,640 0.020%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 490 $18.09 $37,630 0.018%
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 90 $17.78 $36,980 0.017%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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