Pay for File Clerks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.96 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of File Clerks do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but just over a half have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,993 - $41,507
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$21K
$31K
$42K
MEDIAN: $30,568
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$9.15 - $15.80
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$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,993 - $41,507  
   
Bonus
$146.03 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$19,420 - $35,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $15.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$14.57 - $24.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$146.03 - $1,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$19,420 - $35,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Legal Secretary. The latter position pays an average of $42K annually. Becoming an Administrative Assistant or a General Office Clerk is often the next step for a File 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 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phone Support and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. File Clerks bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $29K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,652

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

For those looking to make money, File Clerks in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. File Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+14 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Orlando (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and St. Louis (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects File Clerk Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect File Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 7%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Organizing
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

scanning
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Phone Support
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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