Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

Earnings for Temporary Office Assistants in the United States come in at around $11.17 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.30 per hour and $15.72. There are far more female Temporary Office Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Slightly less than one-fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and close to one-tenth get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$17,399 - $53,327
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$53K
MEDIAN: $26,400
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50%
90%

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$8.30 - $15.72
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,399 - $53,327  
   
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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$17,277 - $34,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.72  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $30.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$17,277 - $34,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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At the upper end, Temporary Office Assistants who move into an Executive Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Assistants is a much higher $45K per year. A common career progression for a Temporary Office Assistant is to become an Administrative Assistant or a Customer Service Representative. Compared to Temporary Office Assistants, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical

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


For many Temporary Office Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $22K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $23K. Temporary Office Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Temporary Office Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $26K.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 78%
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