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Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

Pay for Temporary Office Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.18 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.24 per hour and $15.58. The vast majority of Temporary Office Assistants (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Temporary Office Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. About a fifth claim medical and dental insurance and one in eight get vision coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,399 - $53,327
(Median)
$17K
$29K
$53K
MEDIAN: $29,479
10%
50%
90%

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$8.24 - $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$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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$17,183 - $35,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $15.58  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $29.36  
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$20K$40K$60K
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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$17,183 - $35,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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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. Administrative Assistants or Customer Service Representatives are common next-step roles for Temporary Office Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $7K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Customer Service Representatives.

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Temporary Office Assistants report using a wide range 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 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and Data Entry.

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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Temporary Office Assistants make a median salary of $25K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $27K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Filing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Data Entry
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 77%
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