File Clerk Salary

Earnings for File Clerks in the United States come in at around $11.29 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for File Clerks stretch from $18K on the lower end to $34K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most File Clerks survey respondents are women (76 percent). While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,456 - $38,060

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$8.41 - $15.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,456 - $38,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
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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$17,984 - $33,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.41 - $15.47  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $24.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
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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$17,984 - $33,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 677
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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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File Clerks' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Legal Secretary. The average Legal Secretary brings home $42K per year. An Administrative Assistant or a Medical Records Clerk is a typical transition from a File Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


File Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Electronic Medical Records, Data Entry, and scanning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $23K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $28K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


File Clerks will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 9 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Sacramento and Philadelphia (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 14%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 10%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

scanning
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Phone Support
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 44%
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