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City Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of City Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $42K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $21K, and the higher rates verge on $65K per year. Job satisfaction for City Clerks is high. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one-half get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,365 - $71,905
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$72K
MEDIAN: $41,769
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90%

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$9.70 - $23.05
(Median)
$9
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,365 - $71,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
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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$21,473 - $64,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $23.05  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $32.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
   
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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$21,473 - $64,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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 27 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like General Ledger Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and Accounting. Accounting and Records Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. City Clerks see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. City Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 27%


National Average
$38,000


Accounts Receivable
up arrow 12%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%