Records Manager Salary (United States)

Records Managers in the United States typically take home $51,277 annually. The top of the range reaches $85,620 per year, and the bottom approaches $30,276. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 71 percent of workers. Most Records Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Records Manager Salary (?
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$34,429 - $85,103
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MEDIAN: $53,791
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Records Manager Salary (?
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$11.98 - $27.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,429 - $85,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,750  
Profit Sharing
$1,952 - $2,800  
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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$30,276 - $85,620  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $27.37  
   
Overtime
$15.86 - $41.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,952 - $2,800  
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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$30,276 - $85,620  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Records Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Records Managers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Pay increases slowly at first for Records Managers, with starting salaries of $45K reaching $48K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $55K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Records Managers and pay is expected at $61K. Records Managers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Washington
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New York
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Houston
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Columbus
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Seattle
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National Average
$51,000
San Diego
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Dallas
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Portland
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Records Managers, 83 percent higher than the national average. Records Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+57 percent), New York (+24 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Dallas and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-16 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Records Manager Salaries

Project Management
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Records Management
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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