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 $14.79 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.45 per hour and $21.65. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,223 - $58,247
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,094
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$10.45 - $21.65
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,223 - $58,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
Total Pay (?
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$22,713 - $50,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $21.65  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$22,713 - $50,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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 who go on to become Legal Secretaries may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Legal Secretaries is $42K annually. Many Court Clerks advance into roles as Administrative Assistants or Court, Municipal or License Clerks, but the median salaries are $1K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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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. Employees educated in Customer Service are typically practiced in Data Entry, too.

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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $45K.

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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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 2%

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 84 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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%