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Clerical Assistant Salary (United States)

Most Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.01 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.84 per hour on the lower end to $16.20 on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Clerical Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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$20,212 - $39,755
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MEDIAN: $28,457
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Clerical Assistant Salary (?
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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$8.84 - $16.20
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,212 - $39,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$18,787 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $16.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.28  
Overtime
$8.76 - $23.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$18,787 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 796
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Clerical Assistants who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K 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 $5K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clerical Assistant

Clerical Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $27K. Clerical Assistants see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Clerical Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Philadelphia
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Cleveland
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National Average
$26,000
Houston
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Chicago
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Raleigh
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Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Clerical Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+17 percent), Dayton (+15 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Raleigh and Chicago (9 percent lower).

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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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Data Entry
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$26,000
Filing
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 36%