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Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

Temporary Office Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $11.11 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.31 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.58. Close to a fifth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and about one in ten collect vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Temporary Office Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,486 - $46,700
(Median)
$17K
$28K
$47K
MEDIAN: $28,200
10%
50%
90%

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$8.31 - $15.58
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,486 - $46,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
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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$17,311 - $35,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.31 - $15.58  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $30.10  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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).
)
$17,311 - $35,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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Job Description for Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical

  • 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 Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical


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For Temporary Office Assistants, progressing to an Executive Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Assistant can earn $45K annually. It is quite typical for Temporary Office Assistants to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Customer Service Representatives, where reported median earnings are $7K and $5K higher per year.

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Temporary Office Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, Filing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Temporary Office Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $24K. Temporary Office Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Temporary Office Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $27K.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 78%
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