Office Clerk Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The office clerk job includes the following responsibilities: (i) composes letters in reply to correspondence; (ii) calculates and checks factors for costing; (iii) receives and interviews clients and employees; (iv) keeps accounts of financial transactions; (v) determines material and production requirements; (vi) arranges for the transport of freight; (vii) deals with complaints; (viii) compiles statistical information; (ix) other various clerical tasks [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Office Clerk Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
Korea average salary PPP $ 2,209 $ 1,751 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Korea Ministry of Labour, [9]. 1,984,861 wons 10% 40.9
Germany average salary PPP $ 2,177 $ 2,351 Minimum per month, 2005, normal hours of work. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 2,622 euros 28% 35.0
Australia average income PPP $ 2,028 $ 1,991 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 3,239 dollars 19% 37.8
Japan average income PPP $ 2,017 $ 2,371 Incl. overtime and bonus, April 2005. Limited to persons employed for indefinite period excl. temporary employees. Private establishments with 50 or more regular employees. Japan Statistical Yearbook [17], [k]. 313,952 yens 17%
U.S. average salary PPP $ 1,921 $ 1,921 Full-time and part-time employees, 2005. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 2,314 dollars 17% 37.6
Finland average salary PPP $ 1,884 $ 2,249 Normal hours of work, 2004. Men only. Women make 2,159 euros per month. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 2,545 euros 31% 38.2
Austria average salary PPP $ 1,680 $ 1,338 Employees, men, 2001. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 1,935 euros 30% 38.5
Hong Kong average salary PPP $ 1,656 $ 1,243 Normal hours of work, 2005. Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, [9]. 10,175 dollars 5% 42.5
Canada average income PPP $ 1,630 $ 1,525 Employees, 2004. Statistics Canada, [9], [t]. 2,565 dollars 25% 31.2
UK median salary PPP $ 1,589 $ 1,844 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 1,298 pounds 22% 37.0
Italy average salary PPP $ 1,544 $ 1,667 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 1,859 euros 28% 38.0
Taiwan average income PPP $ 1,521 $ 814 Full-time and part-time employees, 2004. National Statistics Republic of China, [9]. 28,385 dollars 7% 42.0
Kuwait average income PPP $ 1,207 $ 1,506 Men employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 430 dinars 0% 48.0
Peru average salary PPP $ 1,102 $ 476 Employees, June 2002. Men only. Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informatica, [9]. 1,738 sols 15%
Thailand average salary PPP $ 1,095 $ 349 Men employees, 2005. Women make 12,183 bahts per month. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 14,928 bahts 6% 46.0
Brazil average income PPP $ 1,021 $ 376 Employees, public administration, Dec 2003. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 1,189 reals 10% 35.9
Portugal average salary PPP $ 935 $ 749 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 734 euros 15% 38.2
Slovakia average income PPP $ 886 $ 456 Employees, 2004. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 18,235 korunas 22% 32.5
Singapore average salary PPP $ 839 $ 769 Employees, private sector, 2004. Ministry of Manpower, [9], [t]. 1,577 dollars 20%
China average salary PPP $ 766 $ 179 Employees, 2005. National Bureau of Statistics of China, [9]. 1,596 yuans 8%
Mexico average income PPP $ 759 $ 486 Employees, 2005. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 5,564 pesos 5% 45.0
Poland average income PPP $ 743 $ 398 Employees, 2004. Poland Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 2,004 zlotys 30% 41.0
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 740 $ 483 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 14,804 korunas 22% 37.5
Hungary average salary PPP $ 696 $ 442 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 118,695 forints 26%
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 510 $ 194 Employees, 2002. Women. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 895 litas 27% 39.8
Romania average salary PPP $ 424 $ 218 Men employees, 2005. Women make 851 new lei per month. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 896 new lei 30% 38.8
Latvia average income PPP $ 402 $ 179 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 133 lats 25% 28.5
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
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