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Court Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Court Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.73 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.49 per hour, and the top verges on $21.39. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Court Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,143 - $57,694
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,432
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$10.49 - $21.39
(Median)
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$15
$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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$22,725 - $50,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $21.39  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $35.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$22,725 - $50,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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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For Court Clerks, progressing to a Legal Secretary role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Legal Secretary can earn $42K annually. Court Clerks most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Court, Municipal or License Clerks. Administrative Assistants actually earn $1K less on average, however, and Court, Municipal or License Clerks earn $2K less per year than Court Clerks do.

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Survey takers who work as 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Service to be familiar with Data Entry as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Court Clerks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Court Clerks who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $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 11%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 14%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

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 84 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
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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