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Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salary

The average Temporary Office Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.28 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.22 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.53. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to about one in five, and nearly one in eight earn vision coverage. Female Temporary Office Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents.

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

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$8.22 - $15.53
(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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$17,142 - $35,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.22 - $15.53  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $29.15  
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).
)
$17,142 - $35,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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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 who go on to become Executive Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Assistants is $45K annually. Career advancement for the typical Temporary Office Assistant often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Customer Service Representative; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, Filing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 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.


For Temporary Office Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. As Temporary Office Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $27K.

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Experience Affects Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Temporary Office Assistant / Clerical Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Filing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Data Entry
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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