Law Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.08 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Law Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While the larger part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. Male Law Clerks are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,977 - $78,517
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MEDIAN: $42,680
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$10.92 - $20.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,977 - $78,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,800  
Profit Sharing
$4,250  
Total Pay (?
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$24,224 - $56,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $20.81  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $36.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,250  
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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$24,224 - $56,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 343

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Job Description for Law Clerk

A law clerk's primary function is to perform research for a judge pertaining to legal issues before their court; they may work at the federal, state or municipal levels. Specific tasks performed by law clerks include drafting memoranda and opinions, preparing files for hearings and providing other support to judges as hearings are underway. They also review briefs to ensure they are accurate, as well as provide advice to the judge and others on their team related to cases.

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Law Clerk Tasks

  • 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.
  • Review and file pleadings, petitions and other documents relevant to court actions.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Law Clerk


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There are some Law Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into General Counsels, where earnings are an average $152K annually. Attorneys or Associate Attorneys are common next-step roles for Law Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Attorneys is $47K higher on average, and it's $38K higher for Associate Attorneys.

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Popular Skills for Law Clerk


Law Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Legal Writing and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing Court Documents, Client Interaction, and Document Preparation. Most people skilled in Legal Document Review are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Law Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,081

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 (+36 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Newport Beach (+22 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Lauderdale (9 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Law Clerk

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
062
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 27%


National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 47%




National Average
$34,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 7%

Client Interaction
up arrow 8%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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