Clerical Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.00 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.95 per hour and $16.19. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,846 - $41,032
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,891
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$8.95 - $16.19
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,846 - $41,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,009 - $35,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $16.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.26 - $22.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,009 - $35,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 819
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Job Description for Clerical Assistant

Clerical assistants' jobs almost always take place inside an office environment, and thus almost always during regular business hours (although this can vary depending on the company). Clerical assistants are the jacks-of-all trades in an office environment. Specifically, they are usually required to handle a lot of telephone duty: They answer and screen calls, and make phone calls on behalf of supervisors in the office.

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Clerical Assistant Tasks

  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.
  • Compile, copy, sort, and file records of office activities.
  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.

Common Career Paths for Clerical Assistant


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Clerical Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. When Clerical Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Administrative Assistants or Office Managers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Clerical Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Customer Service, Typing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. Clerical Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $27K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Clerical Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), Sacramento (+18 percent), Jacksonville (+18 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Customer Service
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Phone Support
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Microsoft Office
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Typing
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Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$26,000

Filing
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 38%
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