Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
227,190 1.3 % $14.37 $29,890 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.72 $10.67 $13.71 $17.32 $21.39
Annual Wage (2) $18,140 $22,190 $28,510 $36,020 $44,490


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
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 30,600 $12.41 $25,800
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 9,900 $14.76 $30,700
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 8,620 $15.45 $32,130
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 8,300 $15.99 $33,250
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 7,750 $14.55 $30,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing (8) $22.20 $46,180
Support Activities for Air Transportation 250 $20.22 $42,070
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 60 $19.48 $40,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 $19.22 $39,970
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 7,230 $19.02 $39,560


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
Nebraska 4,100 $12.55 $26,100 4.467
Vermont 1,110 $12.52 $26,040 3.762
Utah 3,600 $12.54 $26,080 3.039
Wisconsin 7,990 $14.01 $29,130 2.971
Florida 20,950 $13.21 $27,480 2.848

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 820 $18.05 $37,550 1.987
Alaska 220 $17.57 $36,550 0.700
District of Columbia (8) $17.36 $36,110 (8)
New Jersey 8,390 $16.87 $35,100 2.179
Massachusetts 3,900 $16.46 $34,230 1.230


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
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 500 $11.97 $24,890 10.294
Corvallis, OR 290 $9.68 $20,130 8.831
Bangor, ME 510 $9.88 $20,560 8.281
Port St. Lucie, FL 820 $12.52 $26,040 6.769
Logan, UT-ID 320 $11.68 $24,290 6.726

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,510 $20.00 $41,590 1.698
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 150 $18.93 $39,360 1.303
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 $18.60 $38,680 2.028
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,080 $18.54 $38,560 2.116
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 130 $18.43 $38,330 0.853


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.

(8) Estimate not released.


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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