Brokerage Clerks
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Overview
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Perform duties related to the purchase, sale, or holding of securities. Duties include writing orders for stock purchases or sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, tracking stock price fluctuations, computing equity, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.
Titles for this career often contain these words
ClerkAssistantBrokerageAssociateClientOperationsAdministratorQuotationRegisteredSalesSecuritiesProcessorAccountCoordinatorServiceRepresentativeBrokerAgentPurchaseSaleCommoditiesCouponDividendInformationMarginSpecialistOTCOverCounterPortfolioCheckerTraderSettlementStockSupportAnalystTelephoneTradingTransactionTransferWealthServices
Education
Only 36% of specialized information and record clerks have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by specialized information and record clerks
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Brokerage clerks, with 56,100 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for brokerage clerks are expected to grow by 5%, and should have about 6,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Brokerage clerks are more likely to be automated than 95% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for brokerage clerks compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most brokerage clerks earn.
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Gender
Women account for 76% of specialized information and record clerks -- that's a larger percentage than 85% of other jobs.
Gender of specialized information and record clerks
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For specialized information and record clerks, the median men's salary was 23% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 26% of specialized information and record clerks are minority, and 12% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of specialized information and record clerks
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (12%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Brokerage Clerks per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of brokerage clerks who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (96%)
  • Consequence of Error (58%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (50%)
  • Degree of Automation (47%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (44%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do specialized information and record clerks earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (brokerage clerks). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for brokerage clerks (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all specialized information and record clerks.
Distribution: Salaries for specialized information and record clerks (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Specialized Information and Record Clerks: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $41KAll jobs' median $45K$37K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire brokerage clerks.
Employers of Specialized Information and Record Clerks (ACS)
Private for-profit (55.2%)
Private not-for-profit (15.2%)
Local government (14.8%)
State government (10.0%)
Federal government (3.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.6%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of specialized information and record clerks by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of specialized information and record clerks, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$38K$35K$40K$33K$40K$48K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of brokerage clerks by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty brokerage clerks, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$53K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for specialized information and record clerks

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
05K10K15K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized information and record clerks and gender

With 76% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 85% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
76%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Specialized information and record clerks
Men (24%)
Women (76%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for specialized information and record clerks tops that, with the median salary for men 23% higher than the median salary for women.

$37K$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Specialized information and record clerks have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 68% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of specialized information and record clerks

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority specialized information and record clerks than for 74% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of specialized information and record clerks
White (70% )
Black (15% )
Asian (6% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
26%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
12%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for specialized information and record clerks by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$34K$34K$35K$35K$36K$40K$41K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAmerican IndianOtherBlackHispanicMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for specialized information and record clerks by nativity
$38K$40K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized information and record clerks and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 16% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 59% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time specialized information and record clerks is shown following.

$10K$38K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by brokerage clerks

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), brokerage clerks typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as specialized information and record clerks as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for brokerage clerks

Financial clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. Employers of brokerage clerks may prefer candidates who have taken some college courses in business or economics and, in some cases, have a 2- or 4-year college degree.

Education attained by specialized information and record clerks
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for specialized information and record clerks? Below we see the distribution of specialized information and record clerks salaries based on the education attained.

$32K$37K$38K$42K$50K$70K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KHigh School (19%)Some College (28%)Associate's/Cert. (15%)Bachelor's Degree (28%)Master's Degree (7%)Doctorate (0%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for specialized information and record clerks

What jobs will most specialized information and record clerks hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of specialized information and record clerks reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Specialized Information and Record ClerksHealth Technologists and TechniciansReceptionists and Information ClerksGeneral Office ClerksCustomer Service RepresentativesEducation and childcare administratorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsBilling and Posting ClerksCounselorsSpecialized Financial ClerksCashiersSchool bus monitors and protective service workersOffice and administrative support workers, all otherRetail SalespersonsInterviewersMedical assistants and other healthcare support occupationsFile ClerksFinancial Managers
Lateral job transitions for specialized information and record clerks

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 12 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as specialized information and record clerks as well as 1% of respondents after working as specialized information and record clerks. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for specialized information and record clerks: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as specialized information and record clerks? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of specialized information and record clerks surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most brokerage clerks? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as brokerage clerks. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all specialized information and record clerks, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Brokerage Clerks per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where brokerage clerks earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for specialized information and record clerks compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized information and record clerks.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all specialized information and record clerks, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Brokerage Clerks (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which brokerage clerks earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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