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Working As An Office Associate

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

  • Repetitive

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Office Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Office Associate
Teller Specialist Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Teller Specialist Consultant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teller Bookkeeper Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Executive Assistant Office Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Executive Assistant
Senior Administrative Assistant
7 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Secretary Legal Secretary Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Secretary Bookkeeper Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Secretary Executive Secretary Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Specialist Account Executive
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Administrator Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Account Executive Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Administrator
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Administrator
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Executive Administrative Assistant Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deutsche Bank
Highest Paying City
Bay Shore, NY
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Office Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Office Associate in the United States is $29,591 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

Real Office Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Middle Office Associate World First USA, Inc. Austin, TX Mar 10, 2016 $45,000
Front Office Associate Inview Medical Imaging Fremont, CA Jan 05, 2016 $38,547
Front Office Associate Inview Medical Imaging Fremont, CA Jul 03, 2016 $37,566
Front Office Associate Inview Medical Imaging Fremont, CA Jan 05, 2016 $37,566 -
$38,610
Office Associate Wyoming Energy Council, Inc. Laramie, WY Sep 09, 2014 $29,120

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Top Skills for An Office Associate

  1. Customer Service
  2. Office Supplies
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fielded insurance related inquiries and addressed customer service complaints with energy, sensitivity, and diligence.
  • Maintained stock and organization of office supplies
  • Performed multiple types of data entry for clients enrolled in any substance abuse rehabilitation programs in Iowa while maintaining their confidentiality.
  • Participated in outbound telemarketing phone calls.
  • Generated, interpreted and analyzed reports; Reconciled and tracked deposits and various financial transactions.

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Top 10 Best States for Office Associates

  1. Alaska
  2. New Jersey
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Nevada
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Wyoming
  7. North Dakota
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Connecticut
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Office Associate Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 13,288 Office Associate resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Office Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

66.9%

Male

22.1%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.1%

French

11.4%

German

3.9%

Mandarin

3.5%

Chinese

2.8%

Hindi

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Russian

2.2%

Cantonese

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Korean

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Polish

0.8%

Bosnian

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Serbian

0.6%
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Office Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Ohio State University

7.2%

Kaplan University

6.6%

Strayer University

6.0%

University of Alabama

6.0%

Western Kentucky University

5.2%

Liberty University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.2%

Ashford University

4.1%

Columbus State Community College

4.0%

Mississippi State University

3.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.3%

Western Washington University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.0%

University of Memphis

3.0%

American InterContinental University

2.8%

University of Central Florida

2.7%

Lincoln Land Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

28.9%

Accounting

9.4%

Health Care Administration

9.0%

Psychology

6.8%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Communication

3.9%

Nursing

3.7%

General Studies

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Management

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

English

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Political Science

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Biology

1.8%

Legal Support Services

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Other

26.5%

Associate

15.7%

Masters

9.9%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.5%
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