$43,503
Avg. Salary
$15.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$511

Bonus

$3,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Law Clerk is $15.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Law Clerk is $43,503 per year.

$10.90
10%
$15.19
50%
$22.20
90%
MEDIAN $15.19
$29k
10%
$44k
50%
$72k
90%
MEDIAN $43,503
$29,137 - $71,866
$29K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,503
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90%

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$10.90 - $22.20
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$0$71K
Salary $29,137 - $71,866
Bonus $0.00 - $3,077
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$24,009 - $59,476
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 301
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $10.90 - $22.20
Overtime $17.63 - $37.65
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,077
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$24,009 - $59,476
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 605

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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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: $34,882

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.

Law Clerk Reviews

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

Law Clerk in Riverside:
"Law Clerk 17 years exp."
Pros: Centralized to Southern California Counties
Cons: Traffic

Law Clerk in Champaign:
"Low-Stress."
Pros: Low-stress, average-to-below-average CoL, potential for upward growth of entire city as a hub.
Cons: Dichotomy of working in a city, but the city is in the middle of a cornfield, a great distance from nearby hub cities.

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Key Stats for Law Clerk

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Law Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

▲22%

▲18%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Law Clerk Salaries

Legal Writing
▲31%




National Average
$35,000

Document Preparation
▼9%

Client Interaction
▼10%

Filing Court Documents
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 59%