File Clerk Salary

File Clerks in the United States take home an average $11.29 per hour. Total cash compensation to File Clerks bottoms out near $18K and approaches $34K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little more than half report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,471 - $37,758
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $28,799
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$8.40 - $15.43
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,471 - $37,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$17,958 - $33,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.40 - $15.43  
   
Overtime
$7.90 - $23.64  
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$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$17,958 - $33,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 672
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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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At the upper end, File Clerks who move into a Legal Secretary role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Legal Secretaries is a much higher $42K per year. A File Clerk may also move into a role as an Administrative Assistant or a Medical Records Clerk.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


Survey results imply that File Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. 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. The majority of those who know 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $23K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. File Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran File Clerks report making only $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for File Clerks, 23 percent above the national average. File Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+21 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Pittsburgh and 8 percent less in Sacramento, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
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 148 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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