Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

Temporary Office Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $11.25 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.29 per hour and $15.75. Slightly less than one-fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and nearly one-tenth get vision benefits. Women account for the majority of Temporary Office Assistants who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,365 - $53,829

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$8.29 - $15.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,365 - $53,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
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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$17,345 - $35,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $15.75  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $30.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
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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$17,345 - $35,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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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As Temporary Office Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Assistants earn $45K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Temporary Office Assistant involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Customer Service Representative, roles that pay $7K more and $5K more on average.

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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 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 Temporary Office Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $22K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $23K on average. On average, Temporary Office Assistants make $25K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $26K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Filing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
13%
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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