Clerical Assistant Salary

Clerical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.07 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.01 per hour and $16.25. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Clerical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than one-half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,842 - $41,053

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$9.01 - $16.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,842 - $41,053  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
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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$19,108 - $36,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $16.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.30 - $22.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
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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$19,108 - $36,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 829
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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 who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. A common career progression for a Clerical Assistant is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager. Compared to Clerical Assistants, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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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 Customer Service, Phone Support, Typing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $27K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Clerical Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $27K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clerical Assistants, New York provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+19 percent), Sacramento (+18 percent), Jacksonville (+18 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

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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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Microsoft Office
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Typing
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Phone Support
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$26,000

Data Entry
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Filing
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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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