Entry-Level Law Clerk Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Law Clerks typically take home $14.73 per hour. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, 51 percent do receive medical coverage, and around one third have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Law Clerks (53 percent). For the most part, Entry-Level Law Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Law Clerk Salary (?
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$26,321 - $65,148
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MEDIAN: $39,124
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Entry-Level Law Clerk Salary (?
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$9.88 - $22.63
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,321 - $65,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,497  
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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$20,968 - $53,996  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $22.63  
   
Overtime
$12.75 - $34.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,497  
   
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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$20,968 - $53,996  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Seattle
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San Diego
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New York
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National Average
$32,000
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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Law Clerks, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Law Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+37 percent) and San Diego (+17 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Philadelphia (-6 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
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Legal Research
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$32,000
Filing Court Documents
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 51%
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