Clerical Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Clerical Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.95 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.87 per hour and $16.12. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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 a little less than one-half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,964 - $40,336
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,513
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$8.87 - $16.12
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,964 - $40,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
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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$18,865 - $35,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $16.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.14 - $22.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
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).
)
$18,865 - $35,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 791

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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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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 $55K per year. Clerical Assistants typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, and those positions pay $5K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Customer Service, Typing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clerical Assistants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+18 percent), Dayton (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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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Typing
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Entry
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 38%