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Office Clerk, General Salary

For General Office Clerks, hourly average wages total $11.94 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.83 per hour on the low end to $16.38 on the high end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Office Clerks. General Office Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,910 - $41,120
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,207
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$8.83 - $16.38
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,910 - $41,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,047  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $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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$18,771 - $37,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 627
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $16.38  
   
Overtime
$10.43 - $25.78  
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 - $1,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $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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$18,771 - $37,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,220

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, General Office Clerks sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. Career advancement for the typical General Office Clerk often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or an Office Manager; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


Survey takers working as General Office Clerks report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Phone Support, Bookkeeping, Office Management, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relations and Accounting. The majority of those who know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Office Clerks make a median salary of $27K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For General Office Clerks, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. General Office Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (10 percent lower) and St. Louis (2 percent lower).

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

Phone Support
up arrow 19%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 17%

Office Management
up arrow 6%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Relations
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 517 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
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 37%
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