Clerical Assistant Salary

Most Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.56 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,622 - $43,622
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MEDIAN: $30,067
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$9.70 - $17.06
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MEDIAN: $12.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,622 - $43,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
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$20,189 - $37,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $17.06  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $22.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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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$20,189 - $37,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 574

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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

  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
  • Maintain and update filing, inventory, mailing and database systems.
  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.

Common Career Paths for Clerical Assistant


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Clerical Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. Career advancement for the typical Clerical Assistant often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Clerical Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Scheduling, Customer Service, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Insurance. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Clerical Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Clerical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 424 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clerical Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 212 salaries. An experienced Clerical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 165 salaries. A Clerical Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 88 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,985

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Clerical Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+19 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Sacramento (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Raleigh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (16 percent less) and Miami (6 percent less).

Clerical Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clerical Assistant?

Clerical Assistant in New Haven:
"Health clerical assistant."
Pros: Answering calls, Utilizing a computerize system, Filing, stock supplies, assist nurses with health screenings for children ages 2-5 such as Height & weight, Vision, and Hearing, Data entry via COPA system, Communicate with staff and parents about health requirements and events. Utilize an OAE, Pilot test and Sure sight vision screening system.
Cons: Hours lost due to holidays and closings,

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Key Stats for Clerical Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries

▲11%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲13%

Scheduling
▲6%


Typing
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Bilingual
▼0%

National Average
$27,000

▼1%



▼2%

Insurance
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 39%
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