Law Clerk Salary

For Law Clerks, hourly average wages total $15.14 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While a majority report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than a third have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Law Clerks (55 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,876 - $75,532
$29K
$42K
$76K
MEDIAN: $41,859
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$10.42 - $21.58
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.19
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$0$75K
Salary $28,876 - $75,532
Bonus $0.00 - $3,562
Profit Sharing $3,300
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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$23,660 - $57,252
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 161
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $10.42 - $21.58
Overtime $17.79 - $33.49
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,562
Profit Sharing $3,300
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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$23,660 - $57,252
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 320

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

  • 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.
  • Review and file pleadings, petitions and other documents relevant to court actions.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Law Clerk


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Law Clerks sometimes assume positions such as General Counsels. That role pays $153K per year on average. The most common next step for a Law Clerk is to become an Attorney or an Associate Attorney. The former position pays an additional $47K per year on average, and the latter position pays $38K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Law Clerk


Law Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Legal Writing and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Filing Court Documents, Client Interaction, and Document Preparation. Most people familiar with Legal Document Review also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Law Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Law Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Law Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 398 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Law Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Law Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 41 salaries. A Law 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 16 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,395

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

Home to some of the best pay for Law Clerks, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Law Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+36 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Newport Beach (+22 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Dallas and 9 percent less in Fort Lauderdale, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Law Clerk

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

▲24%

▲19%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
▲33%




National Average
$34,000

Client Interaction
▼8%

Document Preparation
▼8%

Filing Court Documents
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 60%