Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

The average Temporary Office Assistant in the United States earns approximately $11.12 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.28 per hour and $15.84. Just under a fifth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and one in ten collect vision insurance. For the most part, Temporary Office Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Temporary Office Assistants (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

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

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$8.28 - $15.84
(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$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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$17,246 - $35,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $15.84  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $30.30  
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$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).
)
$17,246 - $35,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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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Temporary Office Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Executive Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $45K annually. Temporary Office Assistants typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Customer Service Representatives, and those positions pay $8K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Temporary Office Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 11 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.


Temporary Office Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $23K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Temporary Office Assistants make a median salary of $25K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $26K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$23,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 79%
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