Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks

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2019 Workforce
1.13M
Average Age
48.3
Estimated Job Growth
−5.7%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$38,789
Average Male Salary
$45,257
Average Female Salary
$37,846

About

Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are most often employed by the Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services industry. The average yearly wage for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks was $38,789 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks by wage are Other information and records clerks, Counselors, all other, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Albany County (Outside Albany City) PUMA, NY, Cape Coral City PUMA, FL, and Rapid City PUMA, SD. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Van Zandt, Wood, Camp & Rains Counties PUMA, TX, La Puente & Industry Cities PUMA, CA, and Natrona, Carbon & Converse Counties PUMA, WY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services 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 Bowling centers. Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are paid most in Dane County (West) PUMA, WI but are relatively concentrated in Van Zandt, Wood, Camp & Rains Counties PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,789
AVERAGE SALARY
± $740

In 2019, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks earned an average of $38,789, $16,735 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Other information and records clerks make somewhat more than Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks while Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors 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

0.333
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.333, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks

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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, by average wage, are Bowling centers, Miscellaneous manufacturing, n.e.c. , and Petroleum refining.

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Industries by Share

1.13M
2019 Workforce
± 25,994
−3.47%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.34%

The number of people employed as Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks has been declining at a rate of −3.47%, from 1,170,044 people in 2018 to 1,129,410 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks employed by various industries. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services employs the largest share of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks at  9.12%, followed by Construction with 7.53% and Elementary & secondary schools with 3.48%.

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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 41.5 and of female Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 49.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

144k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 9,302
986k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 24,296

87.3% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.1% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.87% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, White (Hispanic) 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

41.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.06
49.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.347

The median age of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 48.3, and Male employees are generally 7.75 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 Human Sciences.

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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks are expected to see a growth of −5.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.
−5.7%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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