Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-3011 Bill and Account Collectors

Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment. Duties include receiving payment and posting amount to customer's account; preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond; initiating repossession proceedings or service disconnection; keeping records of collection and status of accounts.

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)
403,100 1.1 % $15.65 $32,560 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.22 $12.23 $14.87 $18.23 $22.32
Annual Wage (2) $21,250 $25,440 $30,940 $37,910 $46,430


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Business Support Services 107,340 $14.09 $29,320
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 39,200 $15.63 $32,510
Offices of Physicians 33,710 $15.87 $33,000
Depository Credit Intermediation 23,080 $16.21 $33,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 20,480 $15.43 $32,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and Secondary Schools 120 $24.64 $51,240
Rail Transportation 40 $21.08 $43,840
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 $21.01 $43,700
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 100 $21.00 $43,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 $20.77 $43,200


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 4,640 $13.74 $28,580 11.797
Arizona 15,170 $15.47 $32,170 6.121
Delaware 2,490 $16.15 $33,590 6.045
South Carolina 8,920 $13.73 $28,550 4.947
Kansas 6,670 $13.76 $28,620 4.942

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 6,550 $18.90 $39,310 2.068
District of Columbia 730 $18.85 $39,200 1.141
Connecticut 3,990 $18.74 $38,990 2.422
Alaska 630 $18.24 $37,940 2.059
California 41,080 $18.12 $37,680 2.827


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Sioux Falls, SD 2,290 $14.33 $29,820 17.044
Pueblo, CO 670 $9.41 $19,570 11.845
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 5,450 $15.66 $32,570 10.203
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 2,680 $13.38 $27,840 9.553
San Angelo, TX 410 $14.55 $30,260 9.476

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 $24.19 $50,310 1.433
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,390 $21.70 $45,150 1.568
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 $21.45 $44,620 1.148
Barnstable Town, MA 130 $21.41 $44,530 1.341
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 920 $20.64 $42,930 2.195


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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