Court Administrator Salary
Court Administrators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K annually, but may range from $34K to $82K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Court Administrators. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Court Administrators far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Court Administrator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Court Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $49K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.