General Office Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $12.37 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Women make up the vast majority of General Office Clerks (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,498 - $45,261
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MEDIAN: $30,185
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$9.30 - $17.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,498 - $45,261  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,027  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$19,506 - $38,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $17.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$12.46 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,027  
   
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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$19,506 - $38,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,584

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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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While not commonly seen, General Office Clerks who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $56K per year. It is quite typical for General Office Clerks to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Office Clerk, General


Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., The Home Depot Inc., Safeway, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and The Kroger Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of General Office Clerks. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $36K on average.

Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, Office Management, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relations and Cash Handling. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Filing and Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Clerk, General

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. General Office Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,802

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for General Office Clerks, 20 percent higher than the national average. General Office Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas and Phoenix (4 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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.
042
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




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Office Clerk, General Salaries

Bookkeeping
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Office Management
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Data Entry
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$27,000


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Customer Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 39%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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