Clerical Assistant Salary

Most Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.15 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.17 per hour and $16.46. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just under one-half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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.

Common Career Paths for Clerical Assistant


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Clerical Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. Clerical Assistants most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Survey results suggest that Clerical Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $27K. Clerical Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,978

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

For Clerical Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+21 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Sacramento (+17 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (13 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

Clerical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Clerical Assistant?

Clerical Assistant in New Haven:
"Health clerical assistant."
Pros: Answering calls, Utilizing a computerize system, Filing, stock supplies, assist nurses with health screenings for children ages 2-5 such as Height & weight, Vision, and Hearing, Data entry via COPA system, Communicate with staff and parents about health requirements and events. Utilize an OAE, Pilot test and Sure sight vision screening system.
Cons: Hours lost due to holidays and closings,

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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
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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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