Clerical Assistant Salary (United States)

Clerical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.97 per hour. The range in pay spans from $8.80 per hour to $16.30. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by about half. The majority of Clerical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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$20,394 - $38,557
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MEDIAN: $28,432
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Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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$8.80 - $16.30
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,394 - $38,557  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $865  
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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$18,757 - $35,867  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.80 - $16.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.94 - $23.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $865  
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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$18,757 - $35,867  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 780
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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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As Clerical Assistants transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Registered Nurse may earn an extra $29K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Clerical Assistants typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, where they can expect an extra $5,161 or $9,481 per year.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant

Survey results show that Clerical Assistants use a fair number of skills. Phone Support is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries are typically $25K, which grows to $27K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $27K after 10 to 20 years. Pay actually shrinks for Clerical Assistants after two decades in the profession, averaging $27K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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Clerical Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+17 percent), Dayton (+15 percent), Cleveland (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus.

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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries

National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Phone Support
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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Data Entry
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Typing
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National Average
$26,000
Microsoft Excel
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Filing
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 35%
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