Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
302,350 1.4 % $12.82 $26,670 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.72 $9.46 $12.09 $15.45 $19.16
Annual Wage (2) $16,050 $19,670 $25,150 $32,140 $39,860

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 24,190 $10.50 $21,840
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 10,130 $14.86 $30,900
Business support services 9,320 $10.73 $22,320
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 9,290 $13.33 $27,720
Couriers 9,230 $15.17 $31,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural gas distribution 310 $21.40 $44,520
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 260 $19.10 $39,730
Wired telecommunications carriers 4,100 $18.64 $38,770
Coal mining 30 $18.15 $37,740
Software publishers 1,120 $17.33 $36,040

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
Vermont 1,680 $11.93 $24,810 0.577%
Idaho 2,650 $10.12 $21,040 0.471%
Wisconsin 11,970 $11.44 $23,790 0.445%
Utah 4,460 $13.19 $27,430 0.427%
Kansas 5,110 $10.91 $22,700 0.395%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 320 $15.53 $32,290 0.110%
Massachusetts 5,390 $15.06 $31,320 0.172%
New Jersey 12,320 $14.85 $30,890 0.318%
Connecticut 4,160 $14.30 $29,750 0.255%
Maryland 3,580 $14.26 $29,650 0.146%

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 1,820 $11.93 $24,810 0.652%
Burlington, VT MSA 610 $12.23 $25,440 0.585%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 3,460 $15.22 $31,650 0.538%
Wichita, KS MSA 1,380 $12.68 $26,370 0.511%
Roanoke, VA MSA 680 $11.24 $23,390 0.497%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 540 $17.14 $35,660 0.271%
San Jose, CA PMSA 2,310 $16.97 $35,290 0.270%
Anchorage, AK MSA 220 $16.70 $34,730 0.160%
Pittsfield, MA MSA 90 $16.37 $34,040 0.214%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 340 $16.32 $33,940 0.278%

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.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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