Career & salary outlook

Office administrators perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. Duties may include:

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Draft routine memos, billing or other reports
  • Edit company correspondence and ensure document accuracy
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

With advanced experience and/or training, they may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, manage stockrooms, and/or supervise other office employees.

Demand for office clerks is strong in Whatcom county; starting wages may range between $11.40 and $13.57 per hour, with wages averaging at $17.62 per hour. A first-line supervisor of office and administrative support workers may start at $16.59 per hour; the average wage is $27.12 per hour.

Sources: CareerOneStop, 2016; WA State Employment Security Department, August 2017

Local employers of recent program graduates include:

  • Barleans
  • Brigid Collins Family Support Center
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Lynden Door Inc.