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Law Clerk Salary

Pay for Law Clerks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.98 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately one-half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Law Clerks (57 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,646 - $75,219
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$75K
MEDIAN: $42,367
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$10.03 - $22.08
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$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,646 - $75,219  
   
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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$21,338 - $61,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$11.13 - $34.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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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$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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$21,338 - $61,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454

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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 not commonly seen, Law Clerks who transition into a General Counsel position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for General Counsels is $149K per year. 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 suggest that Law Clerks put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Legal Writing, Legal Research, Legal Document Review, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents. It is often found that people who know Legal Research are also skilled in Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $33K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $39K. Law Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 77%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 12%


Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

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 128 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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