Court Clerk Salary

The larger portion of Court Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.80 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.44 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.29. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Court Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,014 - $57,806

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$10.44 - $21.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,014 - $57,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
Total Pay (?
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$22,624 - $50,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.44 - $21.29  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $35.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$22,624 - $50,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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 such as Legal Secretary, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Legal Secretaries earn $42K on average per year. A lot of Court Clerks advance their careers by becoming Administrative Assistants and Court, Municipal or License Clerks. However, those positions offer $1K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Court Clerks report a focused set of job 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 13 percent. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

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


For many Court Clerks, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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. For Court Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $44K.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 13%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 4%

Bilingual
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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