City Clerk Salary

The larger portion of City Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $41K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $22K to $66K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for City Clerks is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,156 - $73,352
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,363
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90%

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$9.72 - $24.08
(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
$25,156 - $73,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$21,911 - $65,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $24.08  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $32.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$21,911 - $65,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 suggest that City Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Accounting, and Accounts Receivable. Those with knowledge of Accounting tend to be skilled in Records Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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 11%

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
32%
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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