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Court Clerk Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Court Clerks in the United States typically comes in around $14.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.25 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.04. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Court Clerks (90 percent) are women. Most Court Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Court Clerk Salary (?
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$22,553 - $54,080
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MEDIAN: $33,337
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Court Clerk Salary (?
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$10.25 - $22.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,553 - $54,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
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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$22,056 - $50,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $22.04  
   
Overtime
$15.04 - $36.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
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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$22,056 - $50,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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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Court Clerks may experience if they take an upper-level role like Legal Secretary. The position tends to pay $42K annually. Becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Court, Municipal or License Clerk is a common transition from a Court Clerk role.

Court Clerk Job Listings

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Job skills reported by Court Clerks are limited. Those who have experience with Filing Court Documents, Customer Service, and Data Entry can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Court Clerks, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $28K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $32K on average. Court Clerks see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Court Clerks who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $45K. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$32,000
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Atlanta
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With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
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Customer Service
0%
National Average
$32,000
Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%