Clerical Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.15 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.17 per hour on the low end to $16.46 on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Clerical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,238 - $41,834
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,537
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$9.17 - $16.46
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,238 - $41,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$19,414 - $36,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $16.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$9.07 - $22.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$19,414 - $36,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 899
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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.

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Clerical Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. It is quite typical for Clerical Assistants to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $12K higher per year.

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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, Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. Clerical Assistants bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,978

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

Clerical Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+21 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Sacramento (+17 percent). Raleigh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Columbus and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Typing
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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