Most clerks list "customer service," "communication," and "data entry" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important clerk responsibilities here:
Before becoming a clerk, 32.8% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 2.8% clerks went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, some clerks have a college degree. But about one out of every four clerks didn't attend college at all.
Those clerks who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or accounting degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for clerks include criminal justice degrees or general studies degrees.
When you're ready to become a clerk, you might wonder which companies hire clerks. According to our research through clerk resumes, clerks are mostly hired by Kroger, Hy-Vee, and BJ's Wholesale Club. Now is a good time to apply as Kroger has 547 clerks job openings, and there are 506 at Hy-Vee and 154 at BJ's Wholesale Club.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, clerks tend to earn the biggest salaries at RIA, Americold, and Penske Truck Leasing. Take RIA for example. The median clerk salary is $38,416. At Americold, clerks earn an average of $37,195, while the average at Penske Truck Leasing is $36,788. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
For the most part, clerks make their living in the retail and hospitality industries. Clerks tend to make the most in the health care industry with an average salary of $31,253. The clerk annual salary in the retail and professional industries generally make $29,674 and $29,081 respectively. Additionally, clerks who work in the health care industry make 20.4% more than clerks in the government Industry.