If you are an organized, efficient problem-solver, consider a career as a records management analyst. This job will suit a woman who wants to start a family and might enjoy the flexibility of a telecommuter position, because much of the work involves electronic data systems. Typical job duties may include organizing a file room; creating a record retention system; troubleshooting records-management problems, such as misplaced files; and backing up records.
Before you commit yourself to a career as a data records analyst, review the typical annual salaries paid in this field. Nationally, the average for records management analyst, according to the website Salary Expert, is $70,949. Examine the average salary for your local area to see how it differs from the national average. In 10 randomly selected cities, averages included Pierre, S.D., $51,302; Augusta, Maine, $60,178; Walla Walla, Washington, $64,972; Miami, $70,860; Houston, $71,050; Philadelphia, $74,810; Chicago, $76,471; Baltimore, $77,162; Washington, D.C., $88,500 and New York, $91,127.
No matter what you want to earn, you'll most likely start out at the bottom of the salary range, in the 10th percentile. Nationally, those earning at this level average approximately $53,886 annually. Again, though, salary varies considerably by geographic area. For example, average salaries in the 10th percentile in 10 randomly selected cities were as follows Pierre, S.D. $38,055; Augusta, Maine, $44,640; Walla Walla, Washington, $48,195; Miami, $52,563; Houston, $52,705; Philadelphia, $55,494; Chicago, $56,726; Baltimore, $57,239, Washington, D.C., $65,648 and New York, $67,597.
When evaluating the suitability of a data records analyst career, you should consider the average annual wages for those at the top of this profession -- in the 90th percentile. Variation is quite large; in 10 randomly selected cities salaries vary by approximately $103,000. Individual averages are Pierre, S.D. $72,645; Augusta, Maine, $85,214; Walla Walla, Washington, $92,002; Miami, $100,340; Houston, $100,609; Philadelphia, $105,933; Chicago, $108,286; Baltimore, $109,263; Washington, D.C., $125,318 and New York, $129,039.
Data management analysts are classified with management analysts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects job growth through 2020 at 22 percent, exceeding the 14 percent national average. Factors that attract potential employees include high earnings and increased demand. To increase your chances of getting hired, specialize in the areas in which you have interest, such as public health or medical records management.
2018 Salary Information for Management Analysts
Management analysts earned a median annual salary of $83,610 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, management analysts earned a 10th percentile salary of $60,950, meaning 90 percent earned more than this amount. The 90th percentile salary is $109,170, meaning 10 percent earn more. In 2018, 876,300 people were employed in the U.S. as management analysts.
Brenda Scottsdale is a licensed psychologist, a six sigma master black belt and a certified aerobics instructor. She has been writing professionally for more than 15 years in scientific journals, including the "Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior" and various websites.