Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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.

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)
205,670 1.0 % $15.02 $31,240 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.46 $11.75 $14.59 $17.76 $21.28
Annual Wage (2) $19,680 $24,430 $30,350 $36,930 $44,270

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 10,870 $15.61 $32,470
Management of companies and enterprises 10,680 $16.11 $33,510
Elementary and secondary schools 10,480 $15.87 $33,010
Employment services 10,040 $13.81 $28,720
Accounting and bookkeeping services 8,340 $15.21 $31,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 650 $21.77 $45,280
Telecommunications resellers 130 $21.34 $44,380
Wired telecommunications carriers 490 $21.17 $44,040
ISPs and web search portals 200 $20.58 $42,800
Software publishers 140 $19.95 $41,490

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
Arizona 5,190 $13.49 $28,060 0.224%
Alaska 650 $18.16 $37,770 0.222%
South Carolina 3,700 $14.10 $29,330 0.209%
Tennessee 5,370 $13.96 $29,030 0.204%
Louisiana 3,690 $12.86 $26,740 0.198%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 650 $18.16 $37,770 0.222%
District of Columbia 990 $17.82 $37,070 0.164%
Massachusetts 5,490 $17.69 $36,790 0.176%
Connecticut 2,460 $17.51 $36,430 0.151%
California 24,120 $17.11 $35,600 0.166%

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
Florence, SC MSA 190 $11.99 $24,940 0.299%
Amarillo, TX MSA 290 $10.86 $22,590 0.292%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 220 $11.98 $24,920 0.274%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA MSA 450 $12.26 $25,500 0.268%
Lafayette, LA MSA 420 $12.83 $26,680 0.254%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,170 $22.68 $47,170 0.138%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,500 $21.44 $44,590 0.157%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 270 $20.10 $41,800 0.135%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,700 $19.38 $40,310 0.169%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 3,260 $18.72 $38,930 0.171%

About May 2004 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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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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