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City Clerk Salary

The larger portion of City Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $42K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $22K to $64K per year. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by about one-half. The majority of City Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,471 - $73,154
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,670
10%
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90%

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$9.71 - $22.89
(Median)
$9
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,471 - $73,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,887 - $64,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $22.89  
   
Overtime
$14.83 - $30.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$21,887 - $64,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Job Description for City Clerk

A city clerk is responsible for drafting the general agenda and bylaws for a city, recording the minutes of council meetings, answering correspondence, and preparing reports on civic needs. The city clerk works directly with the public and their job responsibilities include conducting public notification, regarding all official activities and meetings, maintaining and updating documents regarding municipal codes and city charters, preparing agendas for public meetings, and preparing ordinances and proclamations to be executed.

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City Clerk Tasks

  • Answer department telephone system and mobile radio base station.
  • Prepare meeting agendas and supporting materials and take, transcribe, prepare and distribute minutes and reports.
  • Receive the public and respond to inquiries from employees, citizens, and others and referring to appropriate persons when necessary.
  • Maintain office files, following standard office procedures and assist with administrative tasks involving personnel, budgeting and facilities.
  • Issue various licenses and permits as assigned.

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Popular Skills for City Clerk


Survey results imply that City Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Taking Meeting Minutes and Records Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include General Ledger Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and Accounting. Aptitude in Accounting tends to also indicate an understanding of Records Management.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. City Clerks see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. For some reason, City Clerks with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $43K.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 30%


National Average
$37,000


Accounts Receivable
up arrow 10%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 25%