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Clerical Assistant Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $11.97 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals 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
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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  
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  
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Clerical Assistants who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. The most common next step for a Clerical Assistant is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant

Clerical Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clerical Assistants make a median salary of $27K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $27K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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For Clerical Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Jacksonville, Dayton, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, where Clerical Assistants annually earn 17 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. In Columbus, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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$26,000
Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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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%