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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,600
25th Percentile Wage
$31,400
50th Percentile Wage
$39,240
75th Percentile Wage
$49,360
90th Percentile Wage
$60,670

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 $60,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,600. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 146% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,240
2.17% 10.37%
2016
$38,390
2.97% -
2015
$37,250
2.20% -
2014
$36,430
1.92% -
2013
$35,730
1.57% -
2012
$35,170
- -

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 $44,960. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $33,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$44,960
Mining
$43,440
Information
$41,640
Construction
$41,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,280
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,260
Finance and Insurance
$40,910
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,070
Manufacturing
$40,010
Wholesale Trade
$39,870
Educational Services
$39,660
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$39,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$38,720
Health Care and Social Assistance
$38,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,980
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$37,230
Retail Trade
$34,580
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,960

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 $20,040 to $54,660. The highest paying state for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $54,660. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,040. 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
$54,660
Alaska
$46,440
Connecticut
$45,460
New Jersey
$45,450
Massachusetts
$45,110
California
$45,040
Maryland
$44,250
New York
$43,020
Delaware
$43,000
Rhode Island
$42,630
Washington
$42,630
Minnesota
$41,830
Virginia
$40,350
Colorado
$39,970
Vermont
$39,910
New Hampshire
$39,850
Illinois
$39,780
Hawaii
$39,560
Oregon
$39,360
Texas
$39,020
Nevada
$38,190
Arizona
$38,140
Pennsylvania
$38,100
Georgia
$38,070
Ohio
$37,710
North Carolina
$37,630
North Dakota
$37,560
Maine
$37,530
Tennessee
$37,400
Michigan
$37,370
Wyoming
$37,280
Utah
$37,030
Florida
$36,560
Missouri
$36,450
Iowa
$36,340
Oklahoma
$36,140
Idaho
$36,130
Indiana
$36,110
Wisconsin
$35,980
Alabama
$35,870
Kentucky
$35,810
Louisiana
$35,770
Kansas
$35,640
Nebraska
$35,470
South Carolina
$35,230
New Mexico
$34,480
Mississippi
$34,300
Arkansas
$34,290
Montana
$34,260
South Dakota
$32,600
West Virginia
$31,780
Virgin Islands
$28,710
Guam
$28,230
Puerto Rico
$20,040



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