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. The pay spectrum stretches from $22K to $66K per year. Around one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and approximately half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of City Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,177 - $73,156
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,531
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50%
90%

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$9.74 - $24.00
(Median)
$9
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,177 - $73,156  
   
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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$21,960 - $65,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $24.00  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $32.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$21,960 - $65,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 35 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Accounting. Aptitude in Accounting tends to also indicate an understanding of Records Management.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. City Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

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 35%

Records Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%


Accounts Receivable
up arrow 9%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 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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