City Clerk Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a City Clerks in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $46K annually. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than half get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of City Clerks (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most City Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,752 - $83,923
$31K
$46K
$84K
MEDIAN: $46,224
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90%

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$10.92 - $21.20
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,752 - $83,923  
   
Bonus
$550  
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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$24,834 - $71,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $21.20  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $42.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$550  
   
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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$24,834 - $71,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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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

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

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Popular Skills for City Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Media / Public Relations, Taking Meeting Minutes, and Records Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Accounts Receivable as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Payable and General Ledger Accounting also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Accounting also know Taking Meeting Minutes.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. City Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $50K.

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Key Stats for City Clerk

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲21%

▲5%

National Average
$40,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Human Resources
▼0%

National Average
$40,000


Media / Public Relations
▼2%


Office Management
▼11%

Payroll Administration
▼11%

▼13%

General Ledger Accounting
▼17%

Accounts Payable
▼17%

Accounts Receivable
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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