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Working As An Administrative Clerk

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $40,522

    Average Salary

What Does An Administrative Clerk Do

General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.

Duties

General office clerks typically do the following:

  • Answer and transfer telephone calls or take messages
  • Sort and deliver incoming mail and send outgoing mail
  • Schedule appointments and receive customers or visitors
  • Provide general information to staff, clients, or the public
  • Type, format, or edit routine memos or other reports
  • Copy, file, and update paper and electronic documents
  • Prepare and process bills and other office documents
  • Collect information and perform data entry

Rather than performing a single specialized task, general office clerks have responsibilities that often change daily with the current needs of the employer.

Some clerks file documents or answer phones; others enter data into computers or perform other tasks using software applications. They also frequently use photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, and other office equipment.

The specific duties assigned to clerks will depend on the type of office in which they work. For example, a general office clerk at a college or university processes application materials and answers questions from prospective students. A clerk at a hospital files and retrieves medical records.

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How To Become An Administrative Clerk

General office clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their skills on the job.

Education

General office clerks usually need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Courses in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software, may be particularly helpful.

Training

General office clerks usually learn their skills while on the job. Their training typically lasts up to 1 month and may include instructions on office procedures, proper phone etiquette, and the use of office equipment.

Advancement

General office clerks may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibility, such as executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

Advancement opportunities often depend on work experience and the knowledge of computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Clerks often provide general information to company staff, customers, or the public. They should be courteous and prompt with their responses.

Detail oriented. Clerks perform many clerical tasks, such as preparing bills that require attention to detail.

Organizational skills. Office clerks file and retrieve records. They need to keep records organized to be able to access them quickly and efficiently.

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Administrative Clerk Career Paths

Administrative Clerk
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Bookkeeper Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Front Desk Coordinator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Office Administrator Administrative Coordinator
Administrative Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Administrative Specialist Project Coordinator Production Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Staffing Coordinator Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Recruiter Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrative Specialist Human Resource Specialist Recruiter
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Project Coordinator Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clerk Secretary 3.4 years
Support Clerk 2.7 years
Clerk/Assistant 2.3 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Office Clerk 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.4%
Secretary 4.9%
Clerk 4.7%
Teller 4.5%
Internship 3.8%
Manager 2.1%
Volunteer 1.9%
Assistant 1.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 6.3%
Clerk 4.1%
Secretary 3.7%
Teller 3.6%
Internship 3.4%
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Administrative Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

72.1%

Male

25.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.7%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.9%

French

7.6%

Mandarin

3.0%

German

3.0%

Portuguese

2.4%

Korean

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.0%

Hindi

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Japanese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Greek

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Dutch

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Malay

0.6%
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Administrative Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.0%

Ashford University

6.6%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.3%

Troy University

5.0%

Liberty University

4.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Central Texas College

4.3%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.4%

Essex County College

3.2%

American University

3.0%

Capella University

3.0%

George Mason University

2.7%

Modesto Junior College

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.4%

Grand Canyon University

2.3%

Delgado Community College

2.2%
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Majors

Business

31.9%

Accounting

7.9%

Criminal Justice

7.6%

Health Care Administration

7.6%

Psychology

4.8%

General Studies

4.2%

Management

3.8%

Human Resources Management

3.6%

Nursing

2.9%

Communication

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Legal Support Services

2.5%

English

2.2%

Information Technology

2.1%

Computer Science

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Finance

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.3%

Other

31.8%

Associate

15.7%

Masters

8.5%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.5%
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Real Administrative Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Administrative Clerk Alfredhouse Eldercare, Inc. Rockville, MD Jul 14, 2010 $43,702
Administrative Clerk Alfredhouse Eldercare, Inc. Silver Spring, MD Jun 10, 2010 $36,168
Administrative Clerk Glory Dental Studio, LLC. Gardena, CA Jul 06, 2015 $35,693
Administrative Clerk Hill & Company, CPA, P.A. Cape Coral, FL Mar 09, 2011 $27,131
Administrative Clerk K & S Nail Corp Wilton, CT May 02, 2016 $27,000

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Top Skills for An Administrative Clerk

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  1. Personnel Files
  2. Data Entry
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed in-processing/out-processing proper paperwork, maintained military personnel files, medical and dental records information
  • Operated office automation, including data entry and computer operating systems.
  • Performed various personnel actions in an electronic personnel and payroll system.
  • Maintained excellent customer relations between all levels of management, outside agencies and other customer service personnel.
  • Conducted information gathering and analysis, coordinated and tracked report status on data and document reviews and maintain organization databases.

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