Clerical Assistant Salary
|Salary||$19,622 - $43,622|
|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).)
|$20,189 - $37,363|
|Hourly Rate||$9.70 - $17.06|
|Overtime||$13.52 - $22.92|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,041|
|Total Pay (||$20,189 - $37,363|
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.Read More...
Clerical assistants must also be comfortable with office computer technology and software, including word processing and spreadsheets. They are often required to draft or type up documents or correspondence for their supervisors or other employees. As such, a strong knowledge of proper grammar and spelling is always a big plus for clerical workers. Clerical assistants will also usually handle sorting and distributing mail in smaller business environments that lack a dedicated mail room. They are also usually expected to handle a great deal of filing and file sorting, as well as creating documents by entering data into templates as needed. Clerical assistants will also likely be tasked with maintaining and requisitioning office supplies to the necessary inventory levels so their businesses can function.
From all of this, it should be clear that one of the skills necessary to succeed as a clerical assistant is a good sense of organization. Normally the education requirement for this position is a high school diploma or GED, but any prior experience or secondary training in office administration is always a plus for companies hiring for this position.
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
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.
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
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).
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