Office Clerk, General Salary

Median pay for General Office Clerks in the United States is around $12.45 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. General Office Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. For the most part, General Office Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,434 - $45,636
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MEDIAN: $30,205
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$9.37 - $17.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,434 - $45,636  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,987  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$19,635 - $39,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.37 - $17.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$12.23 - $26.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$19,635 - $39,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,521

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Job Description for Office Clerk, General

General office clerks are responsible for a variety of duties in an office setting, which can include answering phone calls, filing documents, and conducting data entry. Tasks can involve a certain level of both physical and mental stamina; general office clerks may be required to be on their feet or sitting in place for long hours. Performing many tasks at once or on deadline also is common. As a result, communication skills, organization, and multitasking are beneficial for general office clerks. General office clerks are present in many different environments, such as schools, hospitals, and government offices. Their work area may be adjacent to a supervisor's office or at the front end of a business. Depending on the size of the organization or institution, general office clerks may be expected to work alone or as part of a group. Supervision may be done directly by a business owner or under a team manager. General office clerks work in either a part- or full-time capacity, so hours vary across different settings.

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Office Clerk, General Tasks

  • Answer phones, direct calls and take messages.
  • Operate office machines; photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers.
  • Maintain and update filing, inventory, mailing and database systems.
  • Open, sort and route incoming mail, answer correspondence and prepare outgoing mail.
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices and checks.

Common Career Paths for Office Clerk, General


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General Office Clerks do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $56K per year. Administrative Assistants or Office Managers are common next-step roles for General Office Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Office Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Clerk, General


Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., U.S. Postal Service (USPS), The Home Depot Inc., Safeway, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of General Office Clerks. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) offers the most; General Office Clerks earn $40K on average there.

Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


Survey results imply that General Office Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, Office Management, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relations and Cash Handling. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Filing and Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Clerk, General

Pay by Experience for an Office Clerk, General has a positive trend. An entry-level Office Clerk, General with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 1,114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Office Clerk, General with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 510 salaries. An experienced Office Clerk, General which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 430 salaries. An Office Clerk, General with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 192 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,965

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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, General Office Clerks in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. General Office Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (7 percent lower) and Cleveland (6 percent lower).

Office Clerk, General Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Office Clerk, General?

Office Clerk, General in Lewisville:
"Wonderful Experience."
Pros: I like that I able to be a little more independent with what needs to be done. I have my own office and do whatever I need to do. The environment and the people that I work with are amazing. We are a team.
Cons: The frustration that the customers get when they come into the office with a complaint about their water bill. I also, don't like how people underestimate me and think that I am not capable enough to help them just because of my age.

Office Clerk, General in Murray:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: I love the people I work with. I'm confident about the work I do, and enjoy it.
Cons: The uncertainty of every election year when a new sheriff may come in and possibly replace me.

Office Clerk, General in Kennesaw:
"Create Efficiency And Organization"
Pros: I enjoy keeping my department in order and managing individual projects to make sure we stay on goal and be as efficient as possible.
Cons: I do not like people pushing off their work on to me. I also make less than anyone in the department despite my seniority.

Office Clerk, General in Ronkonkoma:
"Work Routine."
Pros: What I like about the job is that it is fairly simple to do and not much experience is needed to do it. If you can operate a computer then you can do the job after being guided a little.
Cons: What I like least is that it is a routine job without much variety in it. All you have to do is observe videos and file tickets. It gets repetitive after awhile but it is something that you just have to accept. In the end you are getting paid for something relatively easy to do.

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Key Stats for Office Clerk, General

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Office Clerk, General Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Office Clerk, General Salaries

Bookkeeping
▲11%


Office Management
▲6%




▲2%


Data Entry
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$27,000


▼1%

▼2%


Customer Relations
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 40%