Court Clerk Salary

The larger portion of Court Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.85 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.31 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.54. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,779 - $58,624
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $34,839
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$10.31 - $21.54
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,779 - $58,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
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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$22,887 - $51,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $21.54  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $37.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$22,887 - $51,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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Job Description for Court Clerk

A court clerk is an employee in the public sector, typically working for city or county governments. The clerk assists in setting up the court for judges and is typically present within the court during hearings and procedures. The clerk also performs record-keeping and data-entry duties for the court and jurisdiction he or she works for. The clerk typically also interfaces with the public during non-courtroom times, helping assist with the filing of paperwork and similar procedures.

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Court Clerk Tasks

  • Supervise trial activities and jury management, including training and evaluating other clerks.
  • Prepare court docket and schedule hearings, and notify the appropriate parties.
  • Organize and archive all court documentation, employee records, and legal documents.
  • Review case files and provide information to judges, attorneys, and citizens.

Common Career Paths for Court Clerk


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At the upper end, Court Clerks who move into a Legal Secretary role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Legal Secretaries is a much higher $42K per year. Many Court Clerks go on to become Administrative Assistants or Court, Municipal or License Clerks despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $1K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Legal Document Review, Bilingual, Customer Service, and Filing Court Documents are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Typing and Data Entry. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Court Clerks. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $33K. Court Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $45K.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 15%

Bilingual
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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