Office clerks, general

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
1.35M
Average Age
42.6
Estimated Job Growth
−4.99%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$32,528
Average Male Salary
$36,190
Average Female Salary
$31,706

About

Office clerks, general are most often employed by the Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges industry. The average yearly wage for Office clerks, general was $32,528 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Office clerks, general by wage are Medical assistants, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, and Shoe & leather workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Office clerks, general are Glendale City PUMA, CA, Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, and Whittier City & Hacienda Heights PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Office clerks, general are East Los Angeles PUMA, CA, Bell Gardens, Bell, Maywood, Cudahy & Commerce Cities PUMA, CA, and Glendale City PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Office clerks, general and on wages and locations for those in the field. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges is the industry that employs the most Office clerks, general, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Office clerks, general, by average wage, is Aerospace products & parts manufacturing. Office clerks, general are paid most in Tenafly, Park Ridge & Cresskill Boroughs PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in East Los Angeles PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,528
AVERAGE SALARY
± $627

In 2020, Office clerks, general earned an average of $32,528, $23,426 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Medical assistants make somewhat more than Office clerks, general while Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Office clerks, general as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.384
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Office clerks, general had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.384, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Office clerks, general (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 Office clerks, general.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Office clerks, general

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

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Industries

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Industries by Share

1.35M
2020 Workforce
± 28,435
−0.843%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.99%

The number of people employed as Office clerks, general has been declining at a rate of −0.843%, from 1,365,240 people in 2019 to 1,353,730 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Office clerks, general employed by various industries. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges employs the largest share of Office clerks, general at  7.57%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 6.44% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 4.79%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Office clerks, general in the US. The average age of male Office clerks, general in the workforce is 38.4 and of female Office clerks, general is 43.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Office clerks, general is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

248k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,219
1.11M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 25,719

81.7% of Office clerks, general are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Office clerks, general.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Office clerks, general
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

59.5% of Office clerks, general are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Office clerks, general, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Office clerks, general.

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Age by Sex

38.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.812
43.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.358

The median age of Office clerks, general is 42.6, and Male employees are generally 5.22 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

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

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Office Clerks, General from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Office Clerks, General are expected to see a growth of −4.99% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−4.99%
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 Office Clerks, General. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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