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Clerical Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.95 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $8.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.15 on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,978 - $40,399
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,649
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$8.91 - $16.15
(Median)
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,978 - $40,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$18,936 - $35,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate 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$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $16.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.26 - $22.78  
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 - $1,021  
   
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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$18,936 - $35,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795

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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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At the upper end, Clerical Assistants who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Clerical Assistants typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, and those positions pay $5K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Phone Support, Typing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Customer Service, Filing, and Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $26K. Clerical Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clerical Assistants, New York provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Sacramento (+19 percent), Jacksonville (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 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

Customer Service
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Typing
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Phone Support
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Microsoft Office
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Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

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 161 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: 37% employee benefits None: 38%
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