Office Clerk, General Salary

General Office Clerks in the United States take home approximately $12.03 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.99 per hour to $16.53. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. General Office Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,791 - $41,500
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,161
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$8.99 - $16.53
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,791 - $41,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,093  
Profit Sharing
$6.30 - $3,394  
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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$19,029 - $37,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $16.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$10.23 - $25.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$6.30 - $3,394  
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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$19,029 - $37,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,352
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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

  • 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.

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General Office Clerks do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $55K per year. General Office Clerks typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, and those positions pay $5K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


General Office Clerks seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bookkeeping, Microsoft Excel, Office Administration, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relations, Phone Support, and Accounting. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Filing and Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Clerk, General

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


For many General Office Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. General Office Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. After two decades in the workforce, the average General Office Clerk generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,778

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For those looking to make money, General Office Clerks in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. General Office Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and St. Louis (12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Office Clerk, General Reviews

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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Experience Affects Office Clerk, General Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Office Clerk, General Salaries

Bookkeeping
up arrow 17%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Cash Handling
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Phone Support
up arrow 5%

Customer Relations
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 504 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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