Earnings for Court Clerks in the United States come in at around $15.15 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Court Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Court Clerks who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,353 - $59,721
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MEDIAN: $35,274
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$10.96 - $21.99
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,353 - $59,721  
   
Bonus
$880  
Total Pay (?
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$23,896 - $52,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $21.99  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$880  
   
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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$23,896 - $52,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 209
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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 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 frequently become Administrative Assistants and Court, Municipal or License Clerks even though median compensation is $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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For Court Clerks, below-average salaries can be found at Superior Court of California; in fact, average earnings are around $55K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $63K) is great.

Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Survey results show that Court Clerks use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Document Review, Bilingual, Filing Court Documents, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing. 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.


For Court Clerks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $30K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $33K. Court Clerks bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $43K.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 18%

Bilingual
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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