Law Clerk Salary (United States)

A Law Clerk earns an average wage of $14.95 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Legal Document Review and Legal Writing. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Law Clerk Total Pay (?
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$24,978 - $67,649
(Median)
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52K
68K
MEDIAN: $39,492
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Law Clerk Total Pay (?
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$9.91 - $22.97
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,978 - $67,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
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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$21,040 - $57,447  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $22.97  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $35.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
   
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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$21,040 - $57,447  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 710
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Job Description for Law Clerk
A law clerk's primary function is to perform research pertaining to legal issues. They may work for a judge or a private attorney. Law clerks provide necessary assistance to those in professional law positions who cannot do all of the research and paperwork themselves. They may also assist a judge in making legal decisions.
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Law Clerk Tasks
  • Research and analyze law sources to prepare drafts of briefs or arguments for review, approval and use by attorney.
  • Prepare affidavits of documents and maintain document files and case correspondence.
  • Review and file pleadings, petitions and other documents relevant to court actions.
  • Search for and study legal documents to investigate facts and law of cases.
  • Deliver or direct delivery of subpoenas to witnesses and parties to action, serve copies of pleas to opposing counsel.
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Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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San Francisco
up arrow 26%
New York
up arrow 13%
Sacramento
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Baton Rouge
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National Average
$33,000
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Chicago
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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%
National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 10%
Technical Writing
up arrow 4%
National Average
$33,000
Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%
Filing
up arrow 22%
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Gender
Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 49%
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