City Clerks aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $46K per year. The vast majority of City Clerks (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of City Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by around half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,847 - $86,076
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$30K
$46K
$86K
MEDIAN: $46,405
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90%

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$10.27 - $22.07
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,847 - $86,076  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$24,260 - $73,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $22.07  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $43.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$24,260 - $73,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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


City Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Taking Meeting Minutes, Media / Public Relations, Records Management, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Accounts Receivable as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Payable and Accounting also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Accounting indicates knowledge of Taking Meeting Minutes.

Pay by Experience Level for City Clerk

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $36K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. City Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects City Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%



National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect City Clerk Salaries

Taking Meeting Minutes
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 2%

Records Management
up arrow 3%

Human Resources
up arrow 5%

Office Management
up arrow 11%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 17%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 17%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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