Records management is essentially an administrative duty. It entails the creation, classification, organization and retention of documented information. This may include anything from personnel files and office documents to patient files and medical imaging records. Salaries vary by position.
Those just entering the field of records and information management may start out as a records clerk. Employers typically seek candidates with an associate degree or higher to fill open positions, but a high school diploma may be enough to get your foot in the door. As of 2012, records clerks averaged $37,750 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a decrease of roughly 1 percent from the previous year, when salaries averaged $38,180. For those with experience, however, salaries can exceed $52,590.
A degree in records and information management could lead to a managerial role in a company. This is especially true at large organizations that employ many layers of administrative services managers, allowing for more specialized roles. As of 2012, salaries averaged $88,660 a year, according to the BLS, an increase of more than 2 percent from the previous year, when annual earnings averaged $86,720. A survey by the Institute of Certified Records Managers provides a slightly higher figure for those holding a certification in the field of records management, placing the average at $94,560 a year, as of 2009.
Specializing in a certain area of records management, such as medical and health information, can lead to a career as a medical records technician. Many community colleges offer certifications in this field, which can often improve your employment opportunities. According to the BLS, the average salary for records techs was $36,770 a year — an increase of 2 percent from 2011, when salaries averaged $35,920. A survey by Office Team breaks out earnings even further. Those working as medical records clerks can expect to start at anywhere from $25,750 to $34,000 in 2014. When working in quality assurance, salaries ranged from $28,250 to $36,750, while those auditing medical records brought home $30,000 to $38,750 annually.
The BLS expects employment for information and records clerks to grow by just 1 percent through 2020. In this relatively large field, the 1-percent growth works out to 2,000 new jobs over the course of a decade. Managers have a brighter future, with an average job growth of 15 percent predicted through 2020. This works out to the creation of nearly 37,000 new jobs. Technicians specializing in medical records should enjoy a growth rate of 21 percent, adding almost 38,000 new openings to the job market.