Women comprise the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.40 per hour on average. Geography and tenure 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 approximately two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Most Clerical Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,596 - $43,917
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$9.69 - $16.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,596 - $43,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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$20,167 - $37,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $16.82  
   
Overtime
$13.34 - $21.59  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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).
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$20,167 - $37,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 583

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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

  • 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


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Clerical Assistants who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. When Clerical Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Administrative Assistants or Office Managers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $12K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Clerical Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Scheduling, Bilingual, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Insurance. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


For many Clerical Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $27K. Clerical Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,678

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

For Clerical Assistants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+20 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Clerical Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Scheduling
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Bilingual
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$27,000



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Insurance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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