What does an Entry Level Clerk do?

Clerks offer administrative support in all kinds of different organizations. Generally they provide assistance with filing, answering phones, processing payments, and offer general support to the administrative staff as needed. They may work for large companies, small offices, as part of hospital administration teams, and more. Skilled clerks are needed across all industries.

Clerks don't require education beyond a high school diploma, though many organizations may prefer to hire someone with a bachelor's degree. The most talented clerks tend to possess superior communication skills, a strong work ethic and a service-based attitude. They are always looking for ways to support their team. Solid computer skills and a basic understanding of bookkeeping best practices are huge assets to clerks.

What responsibilities are common for Entry Level Clerk jobs?
  • File documents in the appropriate place so they are easy to find
  • Accurately enter data from paper files into computer systems
  • Answer and direct incoming telephone calls
  • Process incoming mail and ensure it reaches the appropriate person, prepare outgoing mail for sending
  • Deliver documents, memos, and files to internal departments and employees
  • Prepare invoices and process bill payments
  • Take minutes and notes during departmental meetings
  • Perform light housekeeping duties such as watering office plants, preparing coffee each morning and ensuring all communal spaces remain tidy
What are the typical qualifications for Entry Level Clerk jobs?
  • 1+ years of prior experience working in a professional office environment is preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Polite phone presence and strong customer service skills
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy with data entry
  • Strong work ethic and a self-starter who anticipates and completes tasks without being asked
  • Must have solid organizational skills
  • An understanding of how to use common office equipment such as printers, copiers and scanners is a plus
  • Superior communication skills are essential for success
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does an Entry Level Clerk make?

Confident
$52,141 /yr
Total Pay
$33,036
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$19,106
 /yr

Additional Pay

$52,141

 / yr
$23K$125K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Entry Level Clerk Career Path

Learn how to become an Entry Level Clerk, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L1
Entry Level Clerk
$52,141/yr
L2
Clerk
$53,305/yr
L3
Senior Clerk
$69,351/yr
L1

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
63%
2 - 4
13%
5 - 7
0%
8+
24%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Entry Level Clerk Insights

Read what Entry Level Clerk professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Krispy KremeKrispy Kreme
Clerk
Dec 9, 2020

“I was able to get to work with nice people and occasional free donuts were great”

Hy-VeeHy-Vee
Market Grille Clerk
May 18, 2021

“Everything kinda is not fun and I didn't like the people I was working with”

AerotekAerotek
Time and Expense Associate
Sep 8, 2021

“I had a great boss who helped with any issues and always try to keep things positive”

Ross StoresRoss Stores
Purchase Order Clerk
Jan 11, 2021

“I was a temp and parking was expensive but a parking pass wasn't worth it”

KrogerKroger
Utility Clerk
Jan 20, 2021

“Bad for good workers because bad workers won't be talked to about their work.I”

Hangtime
Shipping Clerk
Dec 30, 2020

“Solid 40 hours a week unless there's a holiday and you don't get paid for it.”

Riceland FoodsRiceland Foods
Clerk
Apr 5, 2022

“Everyone is super nice and will teach you just about anything you ask a question about.”

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of FloridaEleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
Clerk
Feb 19, 2021

“Court Staff is amazing to work with and you get to have some amazing experience.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Entry Level Clerk

When working as an Entry Level Clerk, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Computer Literate, Microsoft Office Suite, Filing, Faxing, and GOOD Communication.

The most similar professions to Entry Level Clerk are:
  • Accountant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager

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