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Law Clerk Salary

The average wage for a Law Clerk is $14.98 per hour. A skill in Legal Writing is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
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$25,394 - $74,982
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$75K
MEDIAN: $41,042
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$9.96 - $22.70
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$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,394 - $74,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
Total Pay (?
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$21,194 - $60,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $22.70  
   
Overtime
$11.13 - $35.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
   
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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$21,194 - $60,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 439
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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 by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 13%



Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 5%

Client Interaction
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 48%