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Office Clerk, General Salary

For General Office Clerks, hourly average wages total $11.85 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $1K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to General Office Clerks can bottom out near $18K or peak near $37K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Office Clerks. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. The vast majority of General Office Clerks (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$19,635 - $41,186
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MEDIAN: $29,026
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$8.70 - $16.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,635 - $41,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $3,000  
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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$18,483 - $37,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 653
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $16.35  
   
Overtime
$10.64 - $25.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $3,000  
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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$18,483 - $37,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,255
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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.

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 $55K per year. The most common next step for an General Office Clerk is to become an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


General Office Clerks report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, Office Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relations and Accounting. Most people experienced in 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.


General Office Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. General Office Clerks bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


For General Office Clerks, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. General Office Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+38 percent), Washington (+33 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Office Clerk, General Reviews

What is it like working as an Office Clerk, General?
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 18%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Customer Relations
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 530 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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