Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
1,757,870 0.3 % $16.71 $34,750 0.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $12.94 $16.08 $19.85 $24.25
Annual Wage (2) $21,280 $26,910 $33,450 $41,280 $50,450


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
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 99,530 $16.40 $34,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 82,860 $17.29 $35,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 73,790 $17.22 $35,830
Depository Credit Intermediation 53,520 $15.79 $32,840
Elementary and Secondary Schools 41,690 $17.09 $35,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal Service 820 $27.13 $56,430
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 80 $21.96 $45,670
Rail Transportation 890 $21.06 $43,800
Tobacco Manufacturing 100 $20.70 $43,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 18,740 $20.56 $42,770


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
Montana 11,710 $14.61 $30,390 27.089
South Dakota 8,470 $12.92 $26,870 21.548
Oklahoma 31,510 $13.77 $28,650 20.657
Wyoming 5,560 $15.75 $32,760 19.701
Vermont 5,560 $16.52 $34,350 18.914

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 4,520 $22.65 $47,100 7.093
Connecticut 21,270 $19.32 $40,190 12.901
Alaska 4,350 $19.00 $39,530 14.132
Massachusetts 45,530 $18.87 $39,250 14.367
Maryland 27,260 $18.82 $39,140 10.890


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
Great Falls, MT 930 $13.58 $28,240 25.728
Billings, MT 2,060 $14.72 $30,620 25.500
Casper, WY 950 $16.44 $34,190 23.782
Missoula, MT 1,290 $14.22 $29,580 23.301
Carson City, NV 640 $17.89 $37,220 22.480

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 12,630 $22.08 $45,930 12.852
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,790 $21.44 $44,590 11.013
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 5,490 $21.25 $44,200 13.137
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 5,810 $20.78 $43,210 10.421
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 23,570 $20.51 $42,660 10.246


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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