An average Court Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.03 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Court Clerks. The vast majority (87 percent) of Court Clerks who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,914 - $59,026
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MEDIAN: $35,455
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$11.31 - $21.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,914 - $59,026  
   
Bonus
$880  
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$24,355 - $51,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $21.95  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $38.26  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$880  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,355 - $51,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Legal Secretary. The latter position pays an average of $42K annually. Court Clerks most often move into Administrative Assistant or Court, Municipal or License Clerk roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Court Clerk


Superior Court of California reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $55K) but some workers make up to $63K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Survey results suggest that Court Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Legal Document Review can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing. Most people 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.


Court Clerks generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During the first five years of their careers, Court Clerks see a median income of $30K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $33K. Court Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $46K.

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Key Stats for Court Clerk

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
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Bilingual
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National Average
$33,000




Typing
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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