Law Clerk Salary (United States)

Law Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.90 per hour. Compensation starts at $9.93 per hour and can reach $23.06. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about half lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about a third have dental, too. Women Law Clerks just slightly outnumber men in the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Law Clerk Salary (?
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$25,233 - $68,535
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69K
MEDIAN: $39,934
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Law Clerk Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$9.93 - $23.06
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,233 - $68,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
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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$21,110 - $57,998  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $23.06  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $35.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
   
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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$21,110 - $57,998  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Law Clerks who become General Counsels earn an extra $114K per year. Law Clerks typically move into roles as Lawyers or Associate Attorneys, where they can expect an extra $47K or $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for Law Clerk

Law Clerks only report a few specific skills. Legal Document Review and Legal Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents. Those proficient in Legal Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Document Review.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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San Francisco
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Seattle
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San Diego
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New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$33,000
Houston
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Law Clerks, 53 percent higher than the national average. Law Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+53 percent), Seattle (+40 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (-7 percent) and Philadelphia (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%
National Average
$33,000
Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%
Client Interaction
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

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: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 47%
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