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Job Description for a Principal Clerk

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Large companies or corporations that have multiple clerks in various departments often require a supervisor. A principal clerk provides this supervision. According to, a principal clerk in the United States earned between $40,007 and $48,502 as of July 2010.

Job Duties

Supervising and motivating clerks in a range of office support functions is a principal clerk's main job duty. Other responsibilities include allocating work evenly and interacting with department managers to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Skill Requirements

Excellent interpersonal communications enable the principal clerk to assess employee capabilities and assign duties appropriately. Creating and managing documents and informational files using various computer software programs is also necessary.

Preferred Background

Most employers require at least three years experience in office administration, management or supervision. Knowledge of a wide variety of office jobs and responsibilities is a plus. Background in employee relations is desirable.


Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.

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