Law Clerk Salary

Average Law Clerks in the United States make around $15.01 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by one-half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Women Law Clerks who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Law Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,209 - $75,063
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$75K
MEDIAN: $41,975
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$10.12 - $22.24
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$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,209 - $75,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,436  
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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$22,068 - $61,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $22.24  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $35.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,436  
   
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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$22,068 - $61,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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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.

Common Career Paths for Law Clerk


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While Law Clerks do not often become General Counsels, the job pays $149K per year on average. It is quite typical for Law Clerks to transition into roles as Attorneys or Associate Attorneys, where reported median earnings are $46K and $37K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Law Clerk


Survey results imply that Law Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Legal Writing, Legal Research, Legal Document Review, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents. The majority of those who know Legal Research also know Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $33K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $40K. Law Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Law Clerks, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Law Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+37 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Newport Beach (+20 percent), and New York (+12 percent). In Fort Lauderdale, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Tallahassee and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
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Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
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Document Preparation
0%

National Average
$34,000

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 9%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 50%
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