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Court Clerk Salary

Most Court Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.75 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.43 per hour, and the top verges on $21.48. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Court Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,143 - $57,694
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,320
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$10.43 - $21.48
(Median)
$10
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,143 - $57,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
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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$22,692 - $50,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.43 - $21.48  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
   
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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$22,692 - $50,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233

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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 often move into Administrative Assistant or Court, Municipal or License Clerk roles. However, the former pays $1K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Court Clerks only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Document Review, Bilingual, Filing Court Documents, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $33K on average. Court Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $45K.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 16%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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