Clerical Assistant Salary

Most Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.01 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.95 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.17 on the higher side. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,873 - $41,210
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,808
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$8.95 - $16.17
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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
$19,873 - $41,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $2,000  
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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$18,998 - $36,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $16.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.30 - $22.64  
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 - $1,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $2,000  
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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$18,998 - $36,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 820
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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. 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


Clerical Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Customer Service, Typing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. For Clerical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $27K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Clerical Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), Sacramento (+18 percent), Jacksonville (+18 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
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National Average
$26,000

Filing
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 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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