Court Clerk Salary

Court Clerks in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.85 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $10.31 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.54 on the higher side. 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. The majority of Court Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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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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Court Clerks who go on to become Legal Secretaries may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Legal Secretaries is $42K annually. A lot of Court Clerks advance their careers by becoming Administrative Assistants and Court, Municipal or License Clerks. However, those positions offer $1K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Court Clerks report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Legal Document Review, Bilingual, Customer Service, and Filing Court Documents are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing and Data Entry. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Court Clerks, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $29K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $33K. For Court Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $45K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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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