Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

Temporary Office Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $11.63 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.27 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.32 on the higher side. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Temporary Office Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Nearly one in five report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and about one in ten collect vision insurance.

$18,688 - $51,823
(Median)
$19K
$31K
$52K
MEDIAN: $30,520
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$8.27 - $16.32
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,688 - $51,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$17,308 - $36,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $16.32  
   
Overtime
$12.09 - $28.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$17,308 - $36,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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Job Description for Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical

Temporary office assistants in clerical work typically fill a position in a company for a short period of time, usually a few months or less, and positions can be either full-time or part-time. Some temporary assistants replace permanent assistants who are absent due to taking leave, while others are present at certain times of the year when the work-volume is higher and requires additional staff members.

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Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical 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 Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical


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Temporary Office Assistants who go on to become Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Assistants is $45K annually. Temporary Office Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Administrative Assistants or Office Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical

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


For Temporary Office Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $22K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $28K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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