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Records Manager Salary

Records Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $31K to $85K per year, median earnings come to $54K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Records Managers survey respondents are women (73 percent). The majority of Records Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,945 - $85,043
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $54,236
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$12.40 - $26.68
(Median)
$12
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,945 - $85,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $2,340  
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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$30,674 - $84,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $26.68  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $43.59  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $2,340  
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).
)
$30,674 - $84,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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Job Description for Records Manager

The records manager is responsible for maintaining their organization's records and files. They store the records and ensure they are easily accessible. These manager are responsible for creating records in a variety of different areas for their organization, such as files on employees that must be maintained. There may be different requirements for how to record information and store it; the records manager must follow these procedures at all times. They must also follow any relevant privacy laws.

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Records Manager Tasks

  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of corporate SOPs and directives to ensure the accurate definition for physical and electronic records controls.
  • Operate an electronic tracking system for files and daily coordination of information needed for appointments.
  • Maintain a database of petitions including providing management reports.
  • Evaluate current functions and activates to evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.

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Survey results show that Records Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Records Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Project Management and Records Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Records Manager

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


Records Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $45K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $47K. Records Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. As Records Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Records Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Records Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+63 percent), Atlanta (+43 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Portland Records Managers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average.

Records Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Records Manager in San Diego:
"Master Of Your Own Work, Commander Of Nothing."
Be prepared to know your stuff, as no one else in the law firm will know what exactly it is you do. If you have staff, be prepared to train constantly, as their positions are not ones in which someone makes a career of. Learn to work around non-existent budgets, fights for new equipment and questions about what it is you do all day long. This is a job you really have to enjoy doing for its own sake. Negotiate your salary well at the time you're hired because you will not receive the raises you expect, nor will your bonuses be a flashy as the attorneys or even the paralegals - even though you hold their hands through problems with software, processes and getting the client what they want.

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Experience Affects Records Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Records Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 24%

Records Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%