The 10 States With The Highest File Clerk Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do file clerks get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for file clerks by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for file clerks by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for file clerks after this adjustment? That would be File Clerks.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Michigan
  4. Washington
  5. Iowa
  6. North Dakota
  7. Ohio
  8. Texas
  9. Indiana
  10. Oklahoma

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for file clerks from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $36820, so our index value would be:

$36,820 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,093

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for file clerks.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of File Clerk Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $41,236 $39,010 94.6
2 Missouri $39,015 $35,270 90.4
3 Michigan $38,685 $34,430 89.0
4 Washington $37,528 $39,480 105.2
5 Iowa $37,109 $33,770 91.0
6 North Dakota $36,639 $36,420 99.4
7 Ohio $36,599 $34,330 93.8
8 Texas $36,097 $32,740 90.7
9 Indiana $35,642 $31,900 89.5
10 Oklahoma $35,616 $31,770 89.2
11 Wisconsin $35,516 $34,380 96.8
12 Tennessee $35,503 $31,740 89.4
13 Colorado $34,672 $35,990 103.8
14 Georgia $34,617 $31,640 91.4
15 Arizona $34,367 $33,680 98.0
16 North Carolina $34,238 $32,150 93.9
17 Arkansas $34,087 $29,690 87.1
18 Florida $33,774 $33,200 98.3
19 Minnesota $33,611 $33,880 100.8
20 New Mexico $33,471 $32,300 96.5
21 Utah $33,440 $31,100 93.0
22 Mississippi $33,096 $28,430 85.9
23 Nebraska $33,024 $30,250 91.6
24 Kansas $32,558 $29,270 89.9
25 Nevada $32,139 $33,200 103.3
26 Pennsylvania $32,071 $32,520 101.4
27 Rhode Island $32,004 $38,630 120.7
28 West Virginia $31,970 $29,860 93.4
29 Virginia $31,636 $31,890 100.8
30 Oregon $31,522 $36,440 115.6
31 Kentucky $31,027 $28,080 90.5
32 Maryland $30,932 $38,820 125.5
33 Idaho $30,749 $28,320 92.1
34 South Carolina $30,483 $30,240 99.2
35 Delaware $29,102 $29,510 101.4
36 Maine $28,700 $31,800 110.8
37 Massachusetts $28,575 $38,120 133.4
38 Louisiana $28,449 $26,970 94.8
39 Montana $28,283 $28,510 100.8
40 Vermont $28,018 $33,930 121.1
41 Alabama $27,741 $25,300 91.2
42 New Jersey $27,678 $33,740 121.9
43 South Dakota $27,627 $28,650 103.7
44 Connecticut $27,368 $34,950 127.7
45 California $27,093 $36,820 135.9
46 Wyoming $26,721 $24,530 91.8
47 New York $26,083 $34,170 131.0
48 New Hampshire $24,145 $28,250 117.0
49 Alaska $24,141 $31,650 131.1
50 Hawaii $20,351 $34,170 167.9
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