File Clerk Salary

Pay for File Clerks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.30 per hour. Cash earnings for File Clerks — including $1K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $18K to $34K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and about two in five receive dental plans. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction for File Clerks is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,441 - $37,587
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $28,799
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$8.39 - $15.43
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,441 - $37,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$17,927 - $33,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.39 - $15.43  
   
Overtime
$7.90 - $23.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$17,927 - $33,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Legal Secretary, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Legal Secretaries earn $42K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a File Clerk to continue on to become an Administrative Assistant or a General Office Clerk.

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Popular Skills for File Clerk


Survey results suggest that File Clerks put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Electronic Medical Records, Data Entry, and scanning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Phone Support. Those familiar with Filing also tend to know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for File Clerk

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $26K. File Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. 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


File Clerks will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. File Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+21 percent), New York (+14 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (9 percent lower) and Sacramento (8 percent lower).

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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
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 44%
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