The average Records Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Records Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. For the most part, Records Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,843 - $91,352
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$91K
MEDIAN: $58,973
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$11.67 - $28.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,843 - $91,352  
   
Bonus
$596 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$640  
Total Pay (?
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$30,500 - $88,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $28.56  
   
Overtime
$9.19 - $35.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$596 - $12,255  
   
Commission
$640  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$30,500 - $88,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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

  • Maintain a database of petitions including providing management reports.
  • Evaluate current functions and activates to evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Records Manager


Survey results suggest that Records Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with People Management and Records Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Organizing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Filing and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Project Management frequently indicates knowledge of Records Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Records Manager

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,418

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

Surpassing the national average by 72 percent, Records Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Records Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+70 percent), Dallas (+34 percent), Austin (+29 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Records Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Records Managers in Portland bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average.

Records Manager Advice

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

Records Manager in Dallas:
"Do Your Research."
I would advise the candidate to find out exactly how many people you will be managing and who exactly are you reporting to. Research the company you will be working for, it will pay off in the end.

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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Key Stats for Records Manager

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Records Manager Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$52,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Records Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 42%


Document Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 12%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Filing
up arrow 38%

Organizing
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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