Office Clerk, General Salary

Median pay for General Office Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.97 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.84 per hour to $16.47. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. General Office Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half 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. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,897 - $40,935
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,211
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$8.84 - $16.47
(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
$19,897 - $40,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $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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$18,759 - $37,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$10.54 - $25.65  
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 - $1,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $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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$18,759 - $37,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,234
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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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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 $55K per year. General Office Clerks most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Clerk, General


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relations, Bilingual, and Accounting. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Clerk, General

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


For General Office Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $27K. General Office Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned General Office Clerks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for General Office Clerks, 38 percent higher than the national average. General Office Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). In Miami, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Cleveland and 2 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 17%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Customer Relations
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 506 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
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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