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File Clerk Salary (United States)

File Clerks in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $10.93 per hour. Overall cash earnings for File Clerks stretch from $17K on the lower end to $33K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $999.1110174372411 from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. 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 a little over a half and dental coverage is claimed by around two in five. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,019 - $36,284
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MEDIAN: $28,651
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,019 - $36,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
Profit Sharing
$233.15 - $5,918  
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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$17,400 - $33,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $15.25  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $23.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
   
Profit Sharing
$233.15 - $5,918  
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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$17,400 - $33,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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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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As File Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Legal Secretary, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Legal Secretary typically earns $42K per year. Administrative Assistants or General Office Clerks are common next-step roles for File Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $7K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for General Office Clerks.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk

File Clerks report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Data Entry, Organizing, and Filing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phone Support. Most people experienced in Filing also know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $26K. File Clerks see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. File Clerks who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $25K. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in eight of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$24,000
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Pittsburgh
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With a pay rate for File Clerks that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with File Clerks earning around 24 percent, 22 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent more than average. In Pittsburgh, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries

National Average
$24,000

Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
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Data Entry
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Organizing
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National Average
$24,000
Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 45%