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Office Clerks, General in California

May also be called: Administrative Clerks; Office Assistants; and Real Estate Clerks.

What Would I Do?

Office Clerks have responsibilities that often change daily with the needs of the specific job and the employer. Whereas some Clerks spend their days filing or keyboarding, others may enter data at a computer terminal, proofread documents, answer phones, and deliver office mail.

Office Clerks usually work in well-lit, nicely furnished, air-conditioned offices. Most work full-time, or a standard 40-hour week; however, some Clerks work part-time or on temporary schedules and may also be asked to work overtime during busy periods.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Office Clerk will appeal to those who enjoy working with people and performing duties that are organized, clearly defined, and require accuracy and attention to detail.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

General Office Clerk wages in California differ widely depending on job duties and responsibilities, work experience, type of industry, and location of the work. Workers in large cities usually earn higher wages than those who work in smaller towns and rural areas.

The median wage in 2016 for Office Clerks, General in California is $33,586 annually, or $16.15 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2016Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$25,164$33,586$42,694
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most employers provide health and dental insurance, sick leave, and vacation benefits. Some firms may have stock purchase plans or offer cash bonuses each year.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment growth and high replacement needs in this large occupation will result in numerous job openings for Office Clerks. However, this growth is expected to be slow because of the increasing use of technology, expanding office automation, and the combining of administrative support tasks.

How Do I Qualify?

Although most Office Clerk jobs are entry-level administrative support positions, employers usually require a high school diploma and previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience in an office or place of business.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Persons interested in government employment should apply at federal, State, county, and city personnel offices. Many schools operate placement centers for their students. Jobs may also be found through registration with temporary employment agencies and through classified advertisements in newspapers and trade publications.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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