Two common types of clerks include bookkeeping or accounting and office clerks. Bookkeeping or accounting clerks primarily maintain records of expenses and income. They prepare invoices, collect payments and distribute paychecks. Office clerks perform tasks such as keyboarding, proofreading documents and counting or checking in inventory. Most of these workers have high school educations as well as good communication and math skills . They typically earn annual salaries.
Average Salary and Benefits:
Bookkeeping or accounting clerks earned average annual salaries of $35,340, according to May 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Office clerks received $28,240 per year. Both of their salaries are highly contingent upon the size and budgets of their companies, experience and the geographical areas where they work. Full-time clerks may be eligible for medical and life insurance benefits, paid holidays and vacations and company retirement plans.
Salaries for clerks can vary somewhat by industry. Bookkeeping or accounting clerks earned their highest salaries in the postal services industry at $57,370 annually, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics' information. They earned the second highest salaries in the motion pictures and videos industry at $44,020 per year. Office clerks also earned their highest annual salaries in the postal services industry at $53,190, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earned the second highest salaries in the natural gas distribution industry at $44,770 annually.
Salary by State:
Clerk's salaries can also vary widely by state. Bookkeeping or accounting clerks earned their highest annual salaries in the District of Columbia at $48,470, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also earned relatively high salaries in Maryland at $39,870 per year. Those in Wyoming earned salaries closer to the national average at $34,150 per year. And these workers earned below-average salaries in Oklahoma and South Dakota at $28,860 and $27,490 per year, respectively. Office clerks also earned their highest salaries in the District of Columbia at $36,620, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also made comparatively high salaries in Massachusetts at $33,670 per year. Those in Virginia earned closer to average salaries at $28,700 annually. And office clerks earned salaries below the national average in Florida at $25,440 per year.
Jobs for bookkeeping or accounting and office clerks are expected to increase 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively, according to two separate December 2009 reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A growing and improved economy will drive job growth for bookkeeping or accounting clerks, as will new government regulations on financial reporting. Office clerk positions will be spurred by new technology, more office automation and increasing responsibilities in the area of administrative support services.