Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.

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)
1,777,320 0.5 % $14.56 $30,280 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $11.22 $13.96 $17.25 $21.12
Annual Wage (2) $18,870 $23,330 $29,040 $35,890 $43,940

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting and bookkeeping services 89,120 $14.24 $29,630
Local government (OES designation) 72,760 $14.93 $31,060
Management of companies and enterprises 67,380 $14.98 $31,160
Depository credit intermediation 56,810 $13.02 $27,090
Building equipment contractors 43,140 $15.30 $31,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 1,380 $24.31 $50,560
Rail transportation 600 $20.17 $41,950
Natural gas distribution 1,150 $18.01 $37,450
Other financial investment activities 9,850 $17.67 $36,760
Power generation and supply 3,610 $17.57 $36,540

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 8,310 $11.30 $23,500 2.240%
Vermont 5,970 $13.82 $28,740 2.015%
Wyoming 4,910 $12.09 $25,140 1.990%
Nebraska 16,320 $12.65 $26,310 1.840%
North Dakota 5,750 $11.79 $24,510 1.772%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 5,570 $18.05 $37,540 0.913%
Connecticut 24,120 $17.68 $36,770 1.470%
Alaska 5,070 $17.50 $36,400 1.714%
Massachusetts 45,020 $17.07 $35,510 1.439%
New Jersey 55,350 $16.75 $34,830 1.419%

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
Casper, WY MSA 840 $11.50 $23,930 2.384%
Rapid City, SD MSA 1,170 $11.39 $23,690 2.274%
Bellingham, WA MSA 1,620 $14.81 $30,800 2.221%
Danbury, CT PMSA 1,920 $18.21 $37,880 2.104%
Dubuque, IA MSA 1,050 $12.28 $25,550 2.050%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 3,770 $19.86 $41,320 1.893%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 13,960 $19.19 $39,910 1.467%
San Jose, CA PMSA 10,150 $18.79 $39,090 1.191%
Danbury, CT PMSA 1,920 $18.21 $37,880 2.104%
Oakland, CA PMSA 13,810 $18.15 $37,740 1.372%

About November 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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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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