Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

General Information

Description

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit67.03%
  2. State and local government17.71%
  3. Private, not for profit6.48%
  4. Federal government5.06%
  5. Self-employed3.22%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of financial clerks is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 120,900 openings for financial clerks are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$47,020

State-by-state Salary

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$63,090
$34,450
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 38%
  • Some college 20%
  • Associate's degree 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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