File Clerk Salary

File Clerks in the United States take home an average $11.42 per hour. Total cash earnings of File Clerks range from $18K on the low end to $34K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $3K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and two in five have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,562 - $38,021
(Median)
$21K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,280
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$8.68 - $15.47
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$11
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,562 - $38,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $3,041  
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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$18,403 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $15.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.02  
Overtime
$8.21 - $24.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$231.54 - $3,041  
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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$18,403 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 792
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Legal Secretary, where median compensation is $42K annually. It is not uncommon for a File Clerk to continue on to become an Administrative Assistant or a Medical Records Clerk.

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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, Data Entry, and scanning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Phone Support. It is often found that people who know Filing are also skilled in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. On average, File Clerks make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,680

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

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, File Clerks in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. File Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (3 percent lower) and Tampa (1 percent lower).

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 13%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

scanning
up arrow 1%

Filing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Phone Support
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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