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Records Manager Salary

With one-half of Records Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Records Managers is $55K annually and can range from $31K on the lower end to $87K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Records Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Records Managers survey respondents are women (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,292 - $86,722
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$87K
MEDIAN: $54,866
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90%

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$12.28 - $26.73
(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
$35,292 - $86,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
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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$30,964 - $86,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $26.73  
   
Overtime
$16.22 - $43.44  
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 - $9,821  
   
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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$30,964 - $86,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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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Records Managers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Records Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Database Management & Reporting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those with knowledge of Project Management tend to be skilled in Records Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Records Manager

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


For Records Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During the first five years of their careers, Records Managers see a median income of $47K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $48K. Records Managers bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Records Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Records Managers, 82 percent above the national average. Records Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+64 percent), Atlanta (+42 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), and New York (+24 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Records Managers in Portland earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Houston (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Records Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%


National Average
$52,000

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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