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File Clerk Salary

File Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $11.16 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of File Clerks spread between $18K and $34K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a little over a half do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for File Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female File Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,384 - $37,488
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$37K
MEDIAN: $28,534
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$8.35 - $15.40
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary 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$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,384 - $37,488  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$17,796 - $33,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.35 - $15.40  
   
Overtime
$7.83 - $24.24  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$17,796 - $33,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638

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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 imply that File Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Filing Court Documents, Organizing, Data Entry, and Filing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $23K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $26K. For File Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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


For File Clerks, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 9 percent below the national average. Pittsburgh and Sacramento are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 15%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Phone Support
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 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
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 44%