Office Clerk

Average Office Clerk Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


Office clerks do a little bit of everything. They’re definitely a jack-of-all-trades. Depending on the company, an office clerk might:

  • Answer phones

  • File documents

  • Enter data

  • Stuff envelopes and mail them

  • Write and reply to email

  • Sort incoming mail

Each office clerk job is unique, so you won’t be doing the same thing at different companies. For example, if you’re a clerk at a marketing firm, you’ll have different duties than if you work in a medical office. For example, a medical clerk might be asked to scan and file patient records. That would be a little weird to request from a marketing office clerk. Office clerk jobs are great for someone who gets bored doing the same thing every day. 

Example office clerk job description

Our company is looking for a competent office clerk to perform a variety of clerical tasks to support our office. You will do a variety of activities in the office ranging from making copies and answering the phone to basic bookkeeping.

An effective office clerk is important to help maintain smooth office operations. You must be reliable and hardworking with great communication skills. Our ideal candidate will also be familiar with common office equipment and procedures.

Typical duties include:

  • Maintain files and records so they stay up-to-date and easily accessible

  • Sort and distribute incoming mail and prepare outgoing mail

  • Answer the phone and route calls to the appropriate person or take messages

  • Use office equipment such as copiers, scanners and printers, as well as computers for word processing or spreadsheets

  • Basic bookkeeping such as issuing invoices

  • Taking meeting minutes and dictations

  • Assist in office management and organization procedures

  • Monitor stocks of office supplies (paper clips, stationery etc.) and order when there are shortages

  • Assist with travel arrangements

  • Other office duties as assigned


  • Previous experience as an office clerk (or other clerical position)

  • Familiar with office equipment and procedures

  • Fast typist with knowledge

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Exceptional organizational and multitasking abilities

  • Minimum of a high school diploma

Common questions about office clerk jobs

How much does an office clerk make?

According to Payscale, the average hourly rate for an office clerk is about $15.75 

What are the education requirements?

A high school diploma is enough to get started as an office clerk. It’s important to have some office skills, such as typing, good phone skills, word processing, etc. Most training is done on the job.

Career paths for office clerks

When you first start an office clerk job, you’ll work on a lot of different tasks. But as you improve your skills, you can specialize in a certain area. You can also be promoted to office manager, administrative assistant or executive assistant.

The future of office clerks

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), office clerk employment opportunities are projected to show little or no change from 2016-26. Overall job opportunities should be fine due to the need to replace workers who leave to change occupations or leave the workforce.

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