File Clerk Salary

Median pay for File Clerks in the United States is around $11.42 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of File Clerks spread between $18K and $34K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most File Clerks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by two in five. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,562 - $38,021
(Median)
$21K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,280
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$8.68 - $15.47
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,562 - $38,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,403 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $15.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.02  
Overtime
$8.21 - $24.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,403 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 792
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Job Description for File Clerk

A file clerk typically holds an entry-level position that involves handling many of the odd jobs and administrative tasks necessary to run the business. The clerk is typically expected to assist senior employees and executives in a variety of tasks, the most important being maintaining the office’s filing and documentation systems.

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File Clerk Tasks

  • Locate and remove material from file when requested.
  • Perform general office duties such as typing, operating office machines, and sorting mail.
  • File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used.

Common Career Paths for File Clerk


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For File Clerks, progressing to a Legal Secretary role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Legal Secretary can earn $42K annually. It is not unusual for a File Clerk to become an Administrative Assistant or a Medical Records Clerk.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


Survey results suggest that File Clerks put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Electronic Medical Records, Data Entry, and scanning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Phone Support. Those proficient in Filing are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. File Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,680

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

File Clerks will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. File Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (3 percent less) and Tampa (1 percent less).

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 13%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

scanning
up arrow 1%

Filing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Phone Support
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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