Court Clerk Salary (United States)

Court Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.62 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $10.25 per hour to $22.04. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. For the most part, Court Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale 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  
PayScale
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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As Court Clerks transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Legal Secretary may earn an extra $10,091 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. An Administrative Assistant or a License Clerk is a typical transition from a Court Clerk role.

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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 salaries for more plentiful past experience. Starting at around $28K, salaries see a boost to $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $34K. After 20 years of work in the field, Court Clerks typically earn $45K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$32,000
Phoenix
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Atlanta
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The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 11 percent below 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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