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File Clerk Salary

An average File Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.24 per hour. In the world of File Clerks, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $18K and $34K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, slightly more than half do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction for File Clerks is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,427 - $37,819
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $28,859
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$8.38 - $15.45
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$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,427 - $37,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $5,960  
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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$17,889 - $33,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $15.45  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $24.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $5,960  
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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$17,889 - $33,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 653

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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. Legal Secretaries earn $42K on average per year. It is not unusual for a File Clerk to become an Administrative Assistant or a General Office Clerk.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Data Entry, Organizing, and Filing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Phone Support. Those familiar with Filing also tend to 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. File Clerks who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


For File Clerks, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (9 percent less) and Sacramento (8 percent less).

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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%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Phone Support
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 44%
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