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Working As An Office Administrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $43,858

    Average Salary

What Does An Office Administrator 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 Office Administrator

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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Office Administrator Jobs

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Office Administrator Career Paths

Office Administrator
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Accounting Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Night Auditor Assistant General Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage Assistant General Manager
Hotel Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Coordinator Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Billing Specialist Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Accounts Receivable Manager Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Controller General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Office Associate 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 4.7%
Internship 4.0%
Secretary 3.7%
Teller 3.5%
Manager 2.7%
Server 1.9%
Assistant 1.8%
Supervisor 1.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 3.4%
Teller 3.2%
Manager 3.0%
Internship 2.6%
Owner 2.2%
Secretary 2.2%
Server 2.0%

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Office Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

83.7%

Male

14.4%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.8%

French

9.2%

Italian

3.4%

German

3.4%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Japanese

1.8%

Hindi

1.4%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Cantonese

0.9%

Greek

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Hebrew

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Office Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.4%

Liberty University

6.7%

Strayer University

5.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Houston Community College

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

George Mason University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.8%

Miami Dade College

2.7%

Capella University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

33.4%

Accounting

7.8%

Health Care Administration

6.8%

Psychology

6.1%

Communication

4.5%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Management

3.6%

General Studies

3.2%

Nursing

3.1%

English

2.9%

Marketing

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Legal Support Services

2.6%

Finance

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Political Science

1.9%

Sociology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Other

29.4%

Associate

14.4%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.7%
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Real Office Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Office Administrator Anmol Distributors LLC Edison, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $80,018
Office Administrator FSG-Entertainment LLC New York, NY Feb 18, 2014 $73,128 -
$91,118
Office Administrator FSG-Entertainment LLC New York, NY Feb 02, 2014 $73,128 -
$91,118
Dental Office Coordinator Dental Arts Davis Square Somerville, MA Oct 20, 2016 $66,000
Design Office Administrator Ferrovial Agroman Us Corp. Dallas, TX Sep 12, 2012 $65,811 -
$70,000
Assistant Dental Office Administrator Grove Dental Clinic, P.C. Falls Church, VA Sep 15, 2013 $65,741
Executive Office Administrator-Board of Directors Municipal Credit Union New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $65,000
Executive Office Administrator-Board of Directors Municipal Credit Union New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $65,000
Office Administrator Midcarolina Pediatrics, Pa Charlotte, NC Sep 24, 2014 $59,696
Office Coordinator Ken's Produce Us, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 18, 2016 $59,176
Office Coordinator Hera USA, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 18, 2016 $58,698
Production Office Coordinator Shoe Money Productions Culver City, CA Sep 26, 2011 $52,000
First-Line Sprvisrs/Mngrs of Office/Admin. Support Wkrs Oriental Collection Ltd. White Plains, NY Jun 17, 2011 $50,088
Executive Office Administrator Aesop USA, Inc. New York, NY May 12, 2014 $50,000
Office Administrator Pax-Program of Academic Exchange Port Chester, NY Sep 17, 2015 $49,065
Production Office Coordinator Shoe Money Productions Culver City, CA Jul 30, 2014 $48,069
1St. Line Supv/Mgrs of Office & Admin Support Workers David-Arrobio DDS, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jan 27, 2011 $47,938
School Office Coordinator Out Planet Management Institute, Ltd. New York, NY Aug 22, 2008 $47,083
Office Administrator & Project Support Worker 2034 Superior LLC Norridge, IL Sep 21, 2016 $38,500
Office Staff Coordinator Pfinish Koncepts Burbank, CA Feb 10, 2015 $37,981
Office Staff Coordinator Pfinish Koncepts Burbank, CA Mar 25, 2016 $37,981
Office Coordinator Baked By Melissa, LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $37,800
Office Coordinator Eugene Bell Foundation Washington, DC May 01, 2015 $36,000
Office Administrative Access Training Inc. Hackensack, NJ Nov 05, 2011 $35,000 -
$40,000
Office Administrator Principle Information Technology Company Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $34,299

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Top Skills for An Office Administrator

WeeklyPayrollCustomerServiceOfficeProceduresOfficeSuppliesDataEntryFinancialReportsPurchaseOrdersPhoneCallsGeneralOfficeQuickbooksTravelArrangementsOfficeEquipmentSafetyExpenseReportsAccountsReceivablesSchedulingAppointmentsOfficeOperationsBankDepositsHumanResourcesAccountsPayables

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  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. Customer Service
  3. Office Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed bi-weekly payroll reports and garnishments in addition to reconciling accounts.
  • Completed Customer service awareness and received certificate of excellence.
  • Involved in the coordination, implementations of office procedures and supervise to maintain office operations successively efficiently.
  • Set up regional meetings and social events, scheduled conference rooms, assisted visitors, ordered catering and office supplies.
  • Processed Orders Created Invoices Data Entry Answered Inbound Customer Calls Handled Faxed Orders Researched Payment History/Purchases

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