Office Clerk Job Description

Salary: $20,600 – $33,800 Number of Jobs: 3,024,380
Hourly Rate: $9.89 – $16.26 Employment Outlook: Good
Green Job: No Education: Short-term on-the-job training

What do Office Clerks do?

Office clerks perform many administrative tasks, including typing, bookkeeping, answering telephones, and filing paperwork.

The responsibilities for office clerks vary greatly depending on the employer they work for. For instance, universities often hire office clerks to file student records and help them organize the applications they receive each year. In a doctor’s office or hospital, an office clerk might spend most of their time organizing and retrieving medical records. In some places, the responsibilities for office clerks can change depending on what needs to be done on a particular day. On days when an office is busy, they might spend most of their time answering phones and filing records. On a different day, they may need to take inventory or perform data entry. Because the responsibilities vary from day to day (and employer to employer), this can be a great occupation for people who need some variety in their work life.

Work Environment and Schedule

Office clerks work in many different industries. Some of the most common employers include colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, and government organizations. Don’t limit your job search to just those industries, though: just about every business that runs an office needs an office clerk to help them with their administrative tasks. Most office clerks work full time, but there are part time and temporary positions available as well. The majority of office clerks are able to maintain regular working hours, but those who work in hospitals and similar organizations are often required to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

How to Become an Office Clerk

A high school diploma or GED is required for most office clerk jobs. Most office clerks are trained on the job, and the training period typically lasts about one month. During the training period, office clerks learn about the tasks they need to perform, and start to understand how an office is organized. In training, they also learn how to use the computer systems, photocopiers, and other equipment necessary to perform their job. Sometimes the demand for office clerks can be seasonal. In these cases, employers use temp agencies to staff their positions. If you want to work as an office clerk, working for a temp agency can be a great way to get valuable experience in the field.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 3,024,380 office clerks in the United States, with 77,090 new office clerk job openings created each year.

Office Clerk jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Office Clerk Salaries

Overall Salaries

Office Clerk salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most office clerks make between $20,600 – $33,800 per year, or $9.89 – $16.26 per hour.

Updated: 05/04/2017

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