Law Clerk Salary

Law Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $15.01 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Law Clerks who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Although about one-half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, around half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Law Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,067 - $75,929
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$76K
MEDIAN: $42,070
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$10.12 - $22.10
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$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,067 - $75,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,496  
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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$22,010 - $61,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $22.10  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $35.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,496  
   
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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$22,010 - $61,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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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 sometimes become General Counsels, where the average income 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction and Filing Court Documents. Most people skilled in Legal Research are similarly competent in Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. Law Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $63K.

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 10%


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 122 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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