Court Administrator Salary
With close to three-fifths of Court Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Court Administrators is $54K per year and can range from $36K on the lower end to $83K per year near the higher end. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (81 percent) of Court Administrators who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$37,840 - $84,821|
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Job Description for Court Administrator
To oversee the many operations of a courthouse, many of these organizations employ a court administrator. The court administrator is given administrative charge of the courthouse and is responsible for its budget, maintenance, and case management. In larger courts, such as those serving federal or state governments, the court may have several administrators, each charged with supervising certain operations and answering to a senior court administrator.Read More...
The court administrator will often be tasked with managing the courthouse's finances, which involves writing and submitting budgets and supervising the accounting. They are also responsible for the building's maintenance and upkeep, scheduling repairs and construction work as needed. Non-judicial staff of the courthouse, such as court clerks and maintenance workers, report to the court administrator. In some cases, they may also be responsible for operating the court's information technology network.
To become a court administrator, one must first obtain at least an undergraduate degree in a field such as judicial or public administration, as well as (in some states) obtaining necessary certification. Employers prefer candidates who have several years of previous clerical or administrative experience, especially in a court or other public service environment. They also prefer those who have experience in legal administration.
Court Administrator Tasks
- Serve as a contact point for the different government and civic organizations involved with the court.
- Prepare and implement court budget and track court expenses and revenues.
- Oversee non-judicial operations of the court, organize court processes, and manage the use of facilities.
- Supervise all non-judicial personnel, making hiring decisions and providing training.
Pay by Experience Level for Court Administrator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $49K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $70K.
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