Court Clerk Salary

Median pay for Court Clerks in the United States is around $15.08 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Court Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,625 - $65,692
$28K
$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,392
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$11.63 - $22.05
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.21
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$0$65K
Salary $27,625 - $65,692
Bonus $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$25,090 - $56,729
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.63 - $22.05
Overtime $5.93 - $38.69
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $5,000
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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$25,090 - $56,729
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 210

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Job Description for Court Clerk

A court clerk is an employee in the public sector, typically working for city or county governments. The clerk assists in setting up the court for judges and is typically present within the court during hearings and procedures. The clerk also performs record-keeping and data-entry duties for the court and jurisdiction he or she works for. The clerk typically also interfaces with the public during non-courtroom times, helping assist with the filing of paperwork and similar procedures.

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Court Clerk Tasks

  • Organize and archive all court documentation, employee records, and legal documents.
  • Review case files and provide information to judges, attorneys, and citizens.
  • Supervise trial activities and jury management, including training and evaluating other clerks.
  • Prepare court docket and schedule hearings, and notify the appropriate parties.

Common Career Paths for Court Clerk


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Court Clerks who transition into a Legal Secretary role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $43K per year. Going from Court Clerk to Administrative Assistant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Administrative Assistants is $31K. Many others choose to work as Paralegals, where pay is typically $42K.

Court Clerk Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Court Clerk


Offering only $55K on average, Superior Court of California seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $31K on the lower end and $63K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Court Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Fortunate workers who know Legal Document Review can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Court Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Court Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Court Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Court Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Court Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 110 salaries. A Court Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,460

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Court Clerks in San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Court Clerks. With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. El Paso and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Court Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Court Clerk?

Court Clerk in Owensboro:
"Responsible for the daily operations of the city."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: I feel myself, our mayor, and our council is not as educated on our job duties and responsibilities as we should be. I'm afraid that we will unknowingly make mistakes that will cause us to be in legal trouble or make bad decisions for our community.

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Key Stats for Court Clerk

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Court Clerk Salaries

▲38%

▲15%

National Average
$33,000

▼2%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Court Clerk Salaries

Legal Document Review
▲26%

Bilingual
▲1%

National Average
$33,000


▼3%


Typing
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 12%
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