Records Manager Salary (United States)

For Records Managers, yearly wages usually total $51,277 per year. Pay starts at $30,276 and can approach $85,620 per year on the higher side. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 71 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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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 many Records Managers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Salary growth is weak for Records Managers during their first decade in the field; typical pay starts at $45K and turns to only $48K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $55K after one to two decades. Records Managers experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $61K. The largest number of Records Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

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.
Records Managers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 83 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are Washington, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, where Records Managers annually earn 57 percent, 24 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (-16 percent) and San Diego (-5 percent).

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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