Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks

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Total Workforce

1.15M

Average Age

48.2

Estimated Job Growth

-1.46%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$38,604

Average Male Salary

$48,733

Average Female Salary

$37,070

About

Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks was $38,604 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks by wage are Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Plasterers & stucco masons, and Animal control workers.

Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are part of the Office & Administrative Support Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers, Switchboard operators, including answering service, Telephone operators, Communications equipment operators, all other, Bill & account collectors, Billing & posting clerks, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, Gaming cage workers, Payroll & timekeeping clerks, Procurement clerks, Tellers, Other financial clerks, Brokerage clerks, Court, municipal, & license clerks, Credit authorizers, checkers, & clerks, Customer service representatives, Eligibility interviewers, government programs, File clerks, Hotel, motel, & resort desk clerks, Interviewers, except eligibility & loan, Library assistants, clerical, Loan interviewers & clerks, New accounts clerks, Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping, Receptionists & information clerks, Reservation & transportation ticket agents & travel clerks, Information & record clerks, all other, Correspondence clerks & order clerks, Cargo & freight agents, Couriers & messengers, Dispatchers, Meter readers, utilities, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail carriers, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Production, planning, & expediting clerks, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, Stock clerks & order fillers, Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping, Secretaries & administrative assistants, Computer operators, Data entry keyers, Word processors & typists, Insurance claims & policy processing clerks, Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Office clerks, general, Office machine operators, except computer, Proofreaders & copy markers, Statistical assistants, and Miscellaneous office & administrative support workers, including desktop publishers

The top 3 locations that employ the most Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Washington & Ozaukee Counties PUMA, WI, Tracy, Manteca & Lathrop Cities PUMA, CA, and Tamarac, Oakland Park & North Lauderdale Cities PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Campbell, Goshen, Platte, Johnson, Washakie, Weston, Crook & Niobrara Counties PUMA, WY, Austin City (Far North), Brushy Creek & Jollyville PUMA, TX, and Deep East Texas COG (East) PUMA, TX.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction. Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are paid most in Dane County (West) PUMA, WI but are relatively concentrated in Campbell, Goshen, Platte, Johnson, Washakie, Weston, Crook & Niobrara Counties PUMA, WY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,604

AVERAGE SALARY

± $732

In 2017, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks earned an average of $38,604, $13,461 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Animal control workers make somewhat more than Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks while Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.338

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.338, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, by number of employees, are Construction, Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, and Real estate.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Labor unions, and Software publishing.

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Industries by Share

1.15M

2017 Workforce

± 26,282

1.5%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.18%

The number of people employed as Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks has been growing at a rate of 1.5%, from 1,137,904 people in 2016 to 1,154,982 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks at  7.71%, followed by Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services with 7.39% and Real estate with 3.37%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks in the US. The average age of male Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks in the workforce is 42.7 and of female Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 49, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is White.

Gender Composition

152k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 9,565

1M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 24,505

86.8% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

80.8% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.12% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks.

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Age by Gender

42.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.996

49

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.333

The median age of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 48.2, and Male employees are generally 6.37 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is Business but a relatively high number of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Mathematics. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks need more than the average amount of Mathematics, Management of Financial Resources, and Service Orientation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are expected to see a growth of -1.46% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-1.46%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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