City Clerk Salary (United States)

City Clerks in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $37,053 annually. Compensation generally starts at $22,177 and does not exceed $64,961 per year. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 23 percent claim no health benefits at all. Most City Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
City Clerk Salary (?
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$25,597 - $74,858
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MEDIAN: $41,883
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City Clerk Salary (?
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$9.71 - $21.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,597 - $74,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
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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$22,177 - $64,961  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $30.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
   
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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$22,177 - $64,961  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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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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Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries are typically $33K, which grows to $40K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $46K. For City Clerks, two decades of experience in the field often means a drop in salary—average earnings fall to $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%
Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 48%
National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 23%
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