The article deals with motives that led normal people to choose the career of a clerk. It focuses mainly on middle and subaltern clerks, not on the top ranking officials. The motivation is seen mainly in career possibilities, regular income (salary) and in the entitlement to a pension after the end of one’s career. An analysis of each of these motives is based on source materials. The reasons for joining the clerical staff are illustrated also on the examples of particular clerks.