File Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.01 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and slightly less than half have dental, too. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Though the majority of File Clerks do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$22,468 - $41,773
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$31K
$42K
MEDIAN: $31,172
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$9.16 - $16.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,468 - $41,773  
   
Bonus
$145.94 - $1,932  
Profit Sharing
$365.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,433 - $35,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $16.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$14.66 - $25.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$145.94 - $1,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$365.00  
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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$19,433 - $35,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 519

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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

  • File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used.
  • Perform general office duties such as typing, operating office machines, and sorting mail.
  • Locate and remove material from file when requested.

Common Career Paths for File Clerk


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File Clerks who transition into a Legal Secretary role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $42K per year. A File Clerk often moves on to become an Administrative Assistant or a General Office 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, Customer Service, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phone Support, Microsoft Office, and scanning. Those educated in Filing tend to be well versed in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

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


For File Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. File Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,824

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

For File Clerks, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with File Clerks in Indianapolis earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and St. Louis (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for File Clerk

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
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National Average
$26,000

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scanning
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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