Most Clerical Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.37 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clerical Assistants. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,570 - $44,548
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MEDIAN: $30,315
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$9.69 - $17.12
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,570 - $44,548  
   
Bonus
$11.63 - $2,061  
Total Pay (?
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$20,210 - $37,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $17.12  
   
Overtime
$13.07 - $21.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$11.63 - $2,061  
   
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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$20,210 - $37,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 592
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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 transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. 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 $12K more.

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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 Microsoft Word, Scheduling, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Insurance. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Clerical Assistant

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


For many Clerical Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $25K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $27K on average. Clerical Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. 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

National Average: $26,575

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

Clerical Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Clerical Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+21 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Sacramento (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 15 percent below the national average.

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What is it like working as a Clerical Assistant?

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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Experience Affects Clerical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Clerical Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%

Scheduling
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 3%

Insurance
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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