The average wage for a Law Clerk is $14.96 per hour. A skill in Legal Writing is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
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$28,651 - $76,411
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$29K
$41K
$76K
MEDIAN: $41,490
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$10.62 - $20.57
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,651 - $76,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
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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$23,771 - $54,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.62 - $20.57  
   
Overtime
$16.79 - $37.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
   
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).
)
$23,771 - $54,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,471

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Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
up arrow 37%


Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 5%

Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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