These Are The 10 States With The Highest File Clerk Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months 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. Missouri
  2. Illinois
  3. Texas
  4. Iowa
  5. Michigan
  6. Arizona
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Ohio
  9. Tennessee
  10. Washington

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 2016 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 $32380, so our index value would be:

$32,380 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,826

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 Missouri $40,320 $36,450 90.4
2 Illinois $36,575 $34,600 94.6
3 Texas $36,174 $32,810 90.7
4 Iowa $34,692 $31,570 91.0
5 Michigan $34,629 $30,820 89.0
6 Arizona $34,387 $33,700 98.0
7 Wisconsin $33,481 $32,410 96.8
8 Ohio $33,422 $31,350 93.8
9 Tennessee $33,378 $29,840 89.4
10 Washington $33,355 $35,090 105.2
11 Indiana $33,061 $29,590 89.5
12 Oklahoma $33,049 $29,480 89.2
13 Kansas $32,424 $29,150 89.9
14 North Dakota $32,414 $32,220 99.4
15 Minnesota $32,380 $32,640 100.8
16 Colorado $32,167 $33,390 103.8
17 Nebraska $32,117 $29,420 91.6
18 Georgia $31,345 $28,650 91.4
19 Arkansas $31,171 $27,150 87.1
20 Idaho $31,161 $28,700 92.1
21 Utah $30,913 $28,750 93.0
22 North Carolina $30,756 $28,880 93.9
23 Florida $30,732 $30,210 98.3
24 New Mexico $30,424 $29,360 96.5
25 Oregon $30,216 $34,930 115.6
26 Delaware $30,138 $30,560 101.4
27 Pennsylvania $29,901 $30,320 101.4
28 West Virginia $29,186 $27,260 93.4
29 Kentucky $28,729 $26,000 90.5
30 South Carolina $28,699 $28,470 99.2
31 Mississippi $28,696 $24,650 85.9
32 Wyoming $28,278 $25,960 91.8
33 Virginia $28,253 $28,480 100.8
34 Alabama $26,984 $24,610 91.2
35 Nevada $26,931 $27,820 103.3
36 Montana $26,676 $26,890 100.8
37 South Dakota $26,374 $27,350 103.7
38 Maine $26,236 $29,070 110.8
39 Massachusetts $26,221 $34,980 133.4
40 Maryland $25,896 $32,500 125.5
41 Connecticut $25,849 $33,010 127.7
42 Louisiana $25,727 $24,390 94.8
43 Alaska $24,988 $32,760 131.1
44 New Jersey $24,684 $30,090 121.9
45 New York $23,854 $31,250 131.0
46 California $23,826 $32,380 135.9
47 New Hampshire $22,495 $26,320 117.0
48 Hawaii $14,157 $23,770 167.9
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