Office clerks are hired by companies to take on administrative and clerical duties. Responsibilities depend on the specific employer; however, services typically include typing, data entry, record keeping and making photocopies. Office coordinators are also called general office clerks, according to O*Net, a website sponsored by the Department of Labor. Learn about the average salary of an office coordinator.
In May 2009, the mean hourly wage for general office clerks was $13.32 and the mean annual wage, or average salary, was $27,700, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual wages for general office clerks ranged from approximately $16,590 to $41,100. The lowest 10 percent of employees earned less than $16,590, and the top 10 percent of employees earned more than $41,100.
The PayScale website lists the starting salary of office clerks. In October 2010, general office clerks with less than one year of experience earned anywhere from $24,017 to $29,511 per year.
In May 2009, local government employed the largest number of general office clerks with an average annual salary of $30,550, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other major employers and their average annual salaries were: colleges, universities and professional schools, $27,890; employment services, $25,840; elementary and secondary schools, $27,750; and general medical and surgical hospitals, $29,410.
Of all major employers, the Postal Service paid the highest average annual salary to general office clerks with $52,640, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other employers that offered high pay were: computer and peripheral equipment manufacturers, $43,270; motor vehicle manufacturers, $40,980; software publishers, $38,740; and natural gas distributors, $38,720.
The District of Columbia had the highest average salary of all other locations for general office clerks with $35,550, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other locations that had high pay were: Alaska, with $33,070; Massachusetts, with $32,650; New Hampshire, with $31,700; and Connecticut, with $31,670.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national employment for general office clerks is expected to increase at a rate of 12 percent from 2008 through 2018. Numerous job openings will come from replacing current employees, especially since office clerks held approximately 3 million positions in 2008.
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