Criminal Justice School Info

Court Clerk Salary

Clerk Court SalaryYour court clerk salary will depend upon a variety of factors, and most of these are similar to any other profession. Your experience, degree and the area of the country you live in will have a major impact on your potential court clerk salary. Your specific position will also be a major influence.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, court clerks have a median annual salary of $34,390. As with most positions, the earning potential increases even further as you continue to gain experience throughout your career.

*Salary data from US BLS http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/information-clerks.htm#tab-5; as of May 2010.


Responsibilities for a more entry level type of position are mostly clerical. These will include preparing reports and various court forms, and completing the processing of decisions made by the court for final publication. Sometimes, a court clerk will also provide information to new jurors about court procedures.

If you earn a degree in a related field and gain experience, you will be able to advance your career past the entry level position. Assistant clerks can become chief deputy clerks or they can become court clerk. Another way to advance is by moving from a city or county court up to a larger state or federal court or by moving to a larger court in a bigger city. Typically, court clerk salaries are higher in larger cities than in smaller ones.

These mid-level responsibilities include preparing documents and files needed for court, running the docket for the courtroom, keeping the minutes during a trial and performing other administrative or clerical functions as directed by the judge during trial.

There are also options available to advance your career even further. You could move into a higher level role that would allow you to confer with lawyers and judges regarding court matters. You can also move into a supervisory role within the court clerk system. Your court clerk salary will increase with these increased responsibilities.