Records Manager Salary

Records Managers in the United States pull down an average of $56K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,281 - $86,897
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$35K
$56K
$87K
MEDIAN: $55,990
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$12.46 - $26.58
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,281 - $86,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,051  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,215 - $87,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $43.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$31,215 - $87,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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Popular Skills for Records Manager


Records Managers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Document Management, Project Management, Records Management, and Database Management & Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Database Management & Reporting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Records Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Records Manager

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


For Records Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $46K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $49K. On average, Records Managers make $59K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Records Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,797

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

For those looking to make money, Records Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 79 percent above the national average. Records Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+63 percent), Atlanta (+40 percent), Austin (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Los Angeles (8 percent lower and 2 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 11%

National Average
$53,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Records Manager Salaries

Document Management
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Records Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$53,000

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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