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City Clerk Salary

Women account for the majority of City Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $42K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $21K, and the higher rates verge on $66K per year. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and half have dental insurance. Most City Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,233 - $75,261
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$75K
MEDIAN: $41,697
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50%
90%

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$9.72 - $23.99
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,233 - $75,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$21,463 - $65,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $23.99  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $32.66  
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 - $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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$21,463 - $65,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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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 45 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and General Ledger Accounting. Employees educated in Accounting are typically practiced in Records Management, too.

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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $44K by contrast.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 45%


National Average
$38,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 8%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 26%
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