Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks

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Total Workforce
1.17M
Average Age
48.1
Average Salary
$39,773
Average Male Salary
$49,037
Average Female Salary
$38,241

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 $39,773 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks by wage are Prepress technicians & workers, Hazardous materials removal workers, and Counselors, all other.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Southeast South Dakota (Outside Sioux Falls City) PUMA, SD, Rapid City PUMA, SD, and Hillsborough County (South County) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are Far Southeast New Mexico PUMA, NM, Southeast South Dakota (Outside Sioux Falls City) PUMA, SD, and White, Jackson, Prairie & Woodruff Counties PUMA, AR.

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 Metal forgings & stampings. Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are paid most in Dane County (West) PUMA, WI but are relatively concentrated in Far Southeast New Mexico PUMA, NM.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,773
AVERAGE SALARY
± $782

In 2018, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks earned an average of $39,773, $14,115 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Prepress technicians & workers make somewhat more than Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks while Counselors, all other 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

0.342
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.342, 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

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

Most Common

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

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Industries by Share

1.17M
2018 Workforce
± 26,453
1.3%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.17%

The number of people employed as Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks has been growing at a rate of 1.3%, from 1,154,982 people in 2017 to 1,170,044 people in 2018.

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  8.18%, followed by Construction with 6.71% and Elementary & secondary schools with 2.87%.

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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 42.3 and of female Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 49, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

166k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,001
1M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 24,517

85.8% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

71.4% of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.94% 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

42.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.962
49
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.335

The median age of Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks is 48.1, and Male employees are generally 6.72 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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