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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk Salary Information

The salary statistics of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,880
25th Percentile Wage
$30,640
50th Percentile Wage
$38,390
75th Percentile Wage
$48,440
90th Percentile Wage
$59,630

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is $59,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,880. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,3902.97%8.39%
201537,2502.20%-
201436,4301.92%-
201335,7301.57%-
201235,170--

Table 2. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $43,490. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $33,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$43,490
Mining
$41,690
Information
$40,870
Construction
$40,560
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,430
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$40,140
Finance and Insurance
$39,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$39,550
Manufacturing
$39,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,060
Wholesale Trade
$38,910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$38,900
Educational Services
$38,640
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$37,460
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,730
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,590
Retail Trade
$33,720
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,010

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks by States

From the above tables we note that not only bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,050 to $55,010. The highest paying state for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $55,010. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,050. For more salary information of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$55,010
Alaska
$46,340
Connecticut
$44,420
New Jersey
$44,290
California
$44,050
Maryland
$43,770
Massachusetts
$43,750
Delaware
$42,970
New York
$42,100
Washington
$41,590
Rhode Island
$41,320
Minnesota
$40,070
New Hampshire
$39,470
Vermont
$39,470
Virginia
$39,160
Hawaii
$39,080
Illinois
$38,900
Colorado
$38,710
Oregon
$38,410
Texas
$38,200
Nevada
$37,800
Pennsylvania
$37,300
Arizona
$37,160
Michigan
$37,160
North Dakota
$37,060
Georgia
$36,990
Ohio
$36,920
North Carolina
$36,850
Maine
$36,560
Wyoming
$36,540
Missouri
$36,080
Tennessee
$36,070
Utah
$36,050
Florida
$35,640
Wisconsin
$35,610
Kansas
$35,480
Indiana
$35,420
Kentucky
$35,270
Alabama
$35,260
Louisiana
$35,150
Idaho
$34,870
Oklahoma
$34,680
South Carolina
$34,340
New Mexico
$34,300
Nebraska
$34,280
Iowa
$34,270
Mississippi
$33,980
Montana
$33,950
Arkansas
$33,530
West Virginia
$31,690
South Dakota
$31,340
Virgin Islands
$28,260
Guam
$28,150
Puerto Rico
$20,050


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