Office clerks are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, office clerks rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 6% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy office clerks are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Recruiter
2.7
$62k
Switchboard operator
2.7
$30k
Courier
2.7
$33k
Administrative assistant
2.6
$38k
Receptionist
2.6
$30k
Office clerk
2.6
$37k
Financial clerk
2.5
$46k
Underwriter
2.5
$76k
Teller
2.5
$36k
Host and hostess
2.5
$25k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are office clerks happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do office clerks find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as office clerks?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are office clerk’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are office clerks making the best use of their abilities?

Are office clerks happy with their salary?

Office clerks rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.8/5. Office clerks tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked office clerks how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

3967 office clerks

5 Star
8%

8% of office clerks rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of office clerks rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of office clerks rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of office clerks rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of office clerks rated their compensation 1 stars

Do office clerks find their jobs meaningful?

On average, office clerks rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.1/5. The majority of office clerks struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked office clerks how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.1 out of 5 stars

3979 office clerks

5 Star
4%

4% of office clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
8%

8% of office clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of office clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of office clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
40%

40% of office clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as office clerks?

Office clerks rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.4/5. The majority of office clerks don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

We asked office clerks how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

4270 office clerks

5 Star
18%

18% of office clerks rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of office clerks rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of office clerks rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of office clerks rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of office clerks rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an office clerk’s work environment?

As a whole, office clerks rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.2/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked office clerks how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

4268 office clerks

5 Star
13%

13% of office clerks rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of office clerks rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of office clerks rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of office clerks rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of office clerks rated their work environment 1 stars

Are office clerks making the best use of their abilities?

Former office clerks on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.3/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being an office clerk.

We asked office clerks how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.3 out of 5 stars

4282 office clerks

5 Star
5%

5% of office clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
12%

12% of office clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of office clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of office clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
31%

31% of office clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars