File Clerk Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for File Clerks in the United States typically comes in around $10.93 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.24 per hour on the low end to $15.25 on the higher side. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and 40 percent have dental coverage, 45 percent claim no health benefits at all. Most File Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to 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 (?
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: 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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As File Clerks make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $18,047 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Legal Secretary. Administrative Assistants or General Office Clerks are common next-step roles for File Clerks moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $7,205 or $1,184, respectively.

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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, with boosts of 12 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phone Support. Most people skilled in Filing are similarly competent in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $23K, which grows to $26K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $28K. After working for two decades in the field, File Clerks experience a drop in salary, 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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National Average
$24,000
St. Louis
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Pittsburgh
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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for File Clerks, 27 percent higher than the national average. 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. The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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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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Filing
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National Average
$24,000
Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 140 votes.

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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