City Clerk Salary

City Clerks in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $42K annually for pay. Earnings generally vary between $22K and $66K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most City Clerks. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,039 - $75,573

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$9.73 - $24.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,039 - $75,573  
   
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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$21,845 - $66,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $24.00  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $32.66  
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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$21,845 - $66,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 36 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Accounting, and Accounts Receivable. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. City Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. For some reason, City Clerks with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $45K.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 36%

Records Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 8%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%


Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 25%
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