What are typical records manager salaries?

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Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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Records Manager in Atlanta, Georgia

100 months ago

Salaries in this field, like any other, depends on your education, your qualifications, your experience, the industry you’re in, and the geographical area you live in. I know of records managers who make over $100k a year. I recently read about a position in New York, for example, where the salary started at $125k.

It's hard to say what's typical, but I'd guess around $50-60k or so with several years of experience.

There are many more records management jobs now thanks to Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc., so the opportunities are greater. Becoming a Certified Records Manager (CRM) helps in getting a better salary, as does having good experience. I also think that working in a variety of industries as well as moving UP the ladder in terms of doing more and getting more responsibilities, is also key to advancing in this field.

Finally, writing articles and speaking at meetings, seminars, etc. also works.

Me? I'm a RM professional with 25 years of progressive experience. I was a consultant for many years (that's how I got most of my experience), and also have international work experience. I've worked for major Fortune 500 companies, and have traveled quite a bit as well as relocated in building my career. Salary-wise, I'm just under $90k a year and moving up.

It's not easy and I have definitely been blessed. But I've also worked hard to get to where I am, and have been willing to travel and relocate in order to gain experience.

Also, with more and more emphasis on electronic records, become as skilled as you can in this area. We (records Managers) need to learn much more about IT and their work and functions than ever before.

Finally, join the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA). Learn more about them at www.arma.org, and find out if your city has a chapter--if they do, join it! Being involved in ARMA provides a great opportunity for learning and networking.

Good luck!

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gradpsalm in Stone Mountain, Georgia

80 months ago

i'm currently an mba graduate student and have been interested in records management for some time now. the information you have provided is very much appreciated and beyond useful! thank you so much!

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Director, RM in Anaconda, Montana

3 months ago

As noted above, they can be very wide ranging. Obviously the higher salaries are going to be with the larger companies and in higher-paying areas: NY, DC, LA. I've seen them from $50k for an upper level RM Director to low 100s. I think that RM is the one professional arena where experience counts far more than a degree. A good RM professional has to be able to sell why RM makes sense, far more than "because you have to do it." A good RM offers solutions to companies - why an RM program allows them to get rid of obsolete information, how it helps to find and use information, and, yes, how it meets regulatory compliance requirements. However in my career that last bit is the hardest sell so you have to focus on the solution aspect more so than "it's the law."

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Director, RM in Anaconda, Montana

3 months ago

Also it goes without saying, but I will anyway: the higher salaries are usually in places with a much higher cost of living. It's unfortunate but a 100k salary in NY or DC would barely pay your mortgage.

If I were new to RM I'd be choosing where you want to work instead of what salary you can achieve. The 100k salaries are reserved for people who have vast demonstrated experience in running the entire Records and Information Management program. They are Director/Exec level folks (but usually don't see the same salary as, say, an IT Director) who bring solutions to the table.

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