Court Clerk Salary (United States)

Earnings for Court Clerks in the United States typically come in at around $14.62 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.25 per hour on the low end to $22.04 on the high end. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around two-thirds collect dental insurance. Most Court Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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 a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Legal Secretary may bring in a lot more money — an additional $10,091 annually. It is not uncommon for a Court Clerk to continue on to become an Administrative Assistant or a License Clerk.

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Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Court Clerks, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $28K to $33K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $34K. Wages continue to improve for Court Clerks after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $45K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$32,000
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Atlanta
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Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$32,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 8%
Customer Service
0%
National Average
$32,000
Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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