File Clerk Salary

File Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.05 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little more than half and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than one-half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,095 - $40,027
$23K
$31K
$40K
MEDIAN: $30,936
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$9.20 - $16.18
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MEDIAN: $12.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$23,095 - $40,027  
   
Bonus
$147.40 - $1,500  
Profit Sharing
$420.00  
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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$19,581 - $35,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $16.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$14.68 - $25.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$147.40 - $1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$420.00  
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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$19,581 - $35,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 507

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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

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

Common Career Paths for File Clerk


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File Clerks may progress into high-paying roles like Legal Secretary, where median compensation is $43K annually. Becoming an Administrative Assistant or a General Office Clerk is a common transition from a File Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


File Clerks report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Electronic Medical Records, Customer Service, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phone Support, Microsoft Office, and scanning. Most people familiar with Filing also know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Pay by Experience for a File Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level File Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 399 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A File Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 142 salaries. An experienced File Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 80 salaries. A File Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,925

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for File Clerks, 32 percent higher than the national average. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Orlando (+8 percent). File Clerks in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Pittsburgh and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for File Clerk

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries

▲15%

▲15%

▲11%

National Average
$26,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
▲6%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▲4%

Customer Service
▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$26,000

▼1%

▼1%

scanning
▼4%

Microsoft Office
▼12%

Phone Support
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 43%
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