City Clerk Salary

City Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. The vast majority of City Clerks (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, City Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a half get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,743 - $81,780
$31K
$47K
$82K
MEDIAN: $46,589
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$11.20 - $21.15
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MEDIAN: $14.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,743 - $81,780  
   
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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$25,050 - $72,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $21.15  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $31.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$25,050 - $72,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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


City Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Taking Meeting Minutes, Media / Public Relations, 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. It is often found that people who know Accounting are also skilled in Taking Meeting Minutes.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

Pay by Experience for a City Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level City Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 138 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A City Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced City Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 80 salaries. A City Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 26 salaries.

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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 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

▲24%

▲22%

▲7%

National Average
$40,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Human Resources
▼1%


Media / Public Relations
▼3%


Office Management
▼12%

Payroll Administration
▼12%

▼13%

General Ledger Accounting
▼17%

Accounts Payable
▼17%

Accounts Receivable
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 27%
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