File Clerk Salary (United States)

File Clerks in the United States usually make around $10.93 per hour. The range in pay spans from $8.24 per hour to $15.25. Overall cash income ranges from $20,019 near the bottom to $36,284) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $999.1110174372411 from bonuses and $5,918 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 45 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by 40 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
File Clerk Salary (?
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$20,019 - $36,284
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MEDIAN: $28,651
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File Clerk Salary (?
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$8.24 - $15.25
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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 (?
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$17,400 - $33,295  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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For File Clerks, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Legal Secretary, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $18,047 annually than those further down the career ladder. File Clerks most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or General Office Clerks, where they can expect an extra $7,205 or $1,184 per year.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk

Typical 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 pay less than market rate include Phone Support. Those educated in Filing tend to be well-versed in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers new to the field can expect to earn $23K, increasing to $26K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $28K. File Clerks' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $25K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$24,000
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, File Clerks in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, where File Clerks typically earn around 24 percent, 22 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. 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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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%
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