Court Clerk Salary

Average Court Clerks in the United States make around $15.14 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Court Clerks far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Court Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,642 - $61,184
$27K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,475
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$11.46 - $21.99
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.14
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$0$61K
Salary $26,642 - $61,184
Bonus $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$24,630 - $53,201
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.46 - $21.99
Overtime $6.07 - $38.39
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $5,000
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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$24,630 - $53,201
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 213

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Court Clerk


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Court Clerks who go on to become Legal Secretaries may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Legal Secretaries is $43K annually. Court Clerks go on to become Administrative Assistants more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $31K. Court Clerks who move into a Paralegal role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $42K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Court Clerk


While select Superior Court of California employees may bring in up to $63K, a median salary of only $55K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Court Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Legal Document Review command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Typing. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Court Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Court Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Court Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Court Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 110 salaries. A Court Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,186

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Court Clerks, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers in El Paso and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Court Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Court Clerk?

Court Clerk in Owensboro:
"Responsible for the daily operations of the city."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: I feel myself, our mayor, and our council is not as educated on our job duties and responsibilities as we should be. I'm afraid that we will unknowingly make mistakes that will cause us to be in legal trouble or make bad decisions for our community.

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Key Stats for Court Clerk

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

▲39%

▲16%

National Average
$33,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
▲27%

Bilingual
▲2%

National Average
$33,000



▼3%

Typing
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 13%
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