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File Clerk Salary (United States)

File Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.00 per hour. Overall cash earnings for File Clerks stretch from $17K on the lower end to $33K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little over a half report medical coverage and roughly two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The majority of File Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
File Clerk Salary (?
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$20,270 - $36,525
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MEDIAN: $28,347
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File Clerk Salary (?
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$8.27 - $15.23
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,270 - $36,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$17,479 - $33,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $15.23  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $24.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$17,479 - $33,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Legal Secretary. The average Legal Secretary bring home $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 takers who work as 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phone Support. Those proficient in Filing are, more often than not, 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.
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. On average, File Clerks make $27K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $26K by contrast.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for File Clerks, 35 percent above the national average. File Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Workers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 7 percent.

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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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Organizing
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Data Entry
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$24,000
Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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