Clerical Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.72 per hour on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clerical Assistants. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,922 - $43,053
$20K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,273
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$9.80 - $16.94
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MEDIAN: $12.72
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$0$43K
Salary $19,922 - $43,053
Bonus $-0.49 - $2,483
Profit Sharing $650
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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$20,396 - $37,448
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 141
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.80 - $16.94
Overtime $12.60 - $24.31
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $-0.49 - $2,483
Profit Sharing $650
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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$20,396 - $37,448
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 565

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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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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 $56K per year. 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 $4K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Clerical Assistants report using a large range of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Insurance. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in 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

National Average: $27,300

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clerical Assistants, 23 percent above the national average. Clerical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Sacramento (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (17 percent lower) and Miami (7 percent lower).

Clerical Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clerical Assistant?

Clerical Assistant in New Ulm:
Pros: The great co workers and amazing hours.
Cons: I can't leave a half hour earlier when I need to.

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
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries

▲9%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$27,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲12%

Scheduling
▲4%


National Average
$27,000

Typing
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Bilingual
▼1%

▼2%


▼3%


Insurance
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 40%
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