Clerical Assistant Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.97 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.80 per hour on the low end to $16.30 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clerical Assistants. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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$20,394 - $38,557
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MEDIAN: $28,432
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Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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$8.80 - $16.30
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,394 - $38,557  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $865  
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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$18,757 - $35,867  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.80 - $16.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.94 - $23.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $865  
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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$18,757 - $35,867  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 780
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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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As Clerical Assistants make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $29K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Registered Nurse. The most common next step for Clerical Assistants is moving into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, where they can expect an extra $5,161 or $9,481 per year.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant

Clerical Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Phone Support is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, 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.
Starting out, salaries are typically $25K, which grows to $27K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $27K. Pay actually shrinks for Clerical Assistants after two decades in the profession, averaging $27K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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For Clerical Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Jacksonville, Dayton, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, top-paying cities where Clerical Assistants see paychecks higher than average (+17 percent, +15 percent, +11 percent, and +11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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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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Microsoft Office
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Data Entry
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Typing
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National Average
$26,000
Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 35%
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