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Records Manager Salary

With about one-half of Records Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $85K per year and averages out to $55K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Records Managers making up 72 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,265 - $85,690
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$86K
MEDIAN: $54,866
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90%

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$12.10 - $26.63
(Median)
$12
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,265 - $85,690  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,844  
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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$30,840 - $85,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $26.63  
   
Overtime
$16.22 - $43.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,844  
   
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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$30,840 - $85,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 4 percent, respectively. Database Management & Reporting, on the other hand, is typically associated with much 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.


Records Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $47K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Records Managers make a median salary of $55K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Records Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 79 percent above the national average. Records Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+64 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and New York (+25 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Records Managers is geography, with workers in Portland earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and San Diego (11 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 6%

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%

Records Management
up arrow 4%

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
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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