Payroll & timekeeping clerks

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Total Workforce

152k

Average Age

46.3

Estimated Job Growth

-0.962%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$43,385

Average Male Salary

$47,572

Average Female Salary

$42,815

About

Payroll & timekeeping clerks are most often employed by the Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services industry. The average yearly wage for Payroll & timekeeping clerks was $43,385 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Payroll & timekeeping clerks by wage are Wholesale & retail buyers, except farm products, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, and Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping.

Payroll & timekeeping 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 Payroll & timekeeping clerks are Santa Ana City (West) PUMA, CA, Bedford, Garfield Heights & Maple Heights Cities PUMA, OH, and Northern Mississippi Region PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Payroll & timekeeping clerks are Bedford, Garfield Heights & Maple Heights Cities PUMA, OH, Santa Ana City (West) PUMA, CA, and Maricopa, Casa Grande & Eloy (Southeast) Cities PUMA, AZ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Payroll & timekeeping clerks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services is the industry that employs the most Payroll & timekeeping clerks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Payroll & timekeeping clerks, by average wage, is Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing . Payroll & timekeeping clerks are paid most in Rutherford, North Arlington & Hasbrouck Heights Boroughs PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Bedford, Garfield Heights & Maple Heights Cities PUMA, OH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$43,385

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,716

In 2017, Payroll & timekeeping clerks earned an average of $43,385, $8,679 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping make somewhat more than Payroll & timekeeping clerks while Wholesale & retail buyers, except farm products make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Payroll & timekeeping clerks as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.251

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Payroll & timekeeping clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.251, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Payroll & timekeeping 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 Payroll & timekeeping 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 Payroll & timekeeping clerks.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Payroll & timekeeping clerks, by number of employees, are Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, Construction, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

152k

2017 Workforce

± 9,566

-2.68%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.09%

The number of people employed as Payroll & timekeeping clerks has been declining at a rate of -2.68%, from 156,151 people in 2016 to 151,961 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Payroll & timekeeping clerks employed by various industries. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services employs the largest share of Payroll & timekeeping clerks at  9.14%, followed by Construction with 8.52% and Elementary & secondary schools with 7.66%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Payroll & timekeeping clerks in the US. The average age of male Payroll & timekeeping clerks in the workforce is 41.3 and of female Payroll & timekeeping clerks is 46.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Payroll & timekeeping clerks is White.

Gender Composition

18.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,315

134k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,974

88% of Payroll & timekeeping clerks are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Payroll & timekeeping clerks.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Payroll & timekeeping clerks

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

78.1% of Payroll & timekeeping clerks are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.9% of Payroll & timekeeping clerks, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Payroll & timekeeping clerks.

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Age by Gender

41.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.62

46.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.834

The median age of Payroll & timekeeping clerks is 46.3, and Male employees are generally 5.58 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Payroll & timekeeping clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payroll & timekeeping clerks need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Payroll & timekeeping clerks need more than the average amount of Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Payroll & timekeeping clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Payroll & timekeeping clerks are expected to see a growth of -0.962% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-0.962%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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