Law Clerk Salary (United States)

Law Clerks in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $14.90 per hour. Compensation starts at $9.93 per hour and can reach $23.06. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by around one third. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Job satisfaction for Law Clerks is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Law Clerk Salary (?
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$25,233 - $68,535
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51K
69K
MEDIAN: $39,934
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Law Clerk Salary (?
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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  
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  
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 it's uncommon, some Law Clerks move into roles as General Counsels, bringing in an extra $114K per year. Law Clerks moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Lawyers or Associate Attorneys, where paychecks increase by $47K or $38K per year.

Law Clerk Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Law Clerk

Law Clerks report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Legal Document Review and Legal Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents. Most people skilled in Legal Research are similarly competent 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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Law Clerks will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, and New York are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Law Clerks earning around 53 percent, 40 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than average. Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are 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
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National Average
$33,000
Filing Court Documents
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Client Interaction
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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%