Law Clerk Salary

A Law Clerk earns an average wage of $15.01 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.
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$26,395 - $74,124

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$10.13 - $22.18

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,395 - $74,124  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,504  
Total Pay (?
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$22,179 - $61,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $22.18  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $35.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,504  
   
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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$22,179 - $61,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 457
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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.

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

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 87%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 9%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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