City Clerk Salary

City Clerks in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $42K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $22K and $68K per year. Female City Clerks far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for City Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,351 - $76,715
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$77K
MEDIAN: $41,688
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50%
90%

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$9.76 - $22.95
(Median)
$9
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,351 - $76,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
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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$22,282 - $67,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $33.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
   
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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$22,282 - $67,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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


City Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Taking Meeting Minutes and Media / Public Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Accounts Payable as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Receivable and Office Management also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Accounting frequently indicates knowledge of Records Management.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


City Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. On average, City Clerks make $44K following one to two decades on the job. City Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 28%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 6%

Records Management
0%

National Average
$38,000


Payroll Administration
up arrow 10%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 11%

Office Management
up arrow 15%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 20%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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