Average Attorney Law Clerk Salary
$174,000 yearly
$62.14 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$106,000
10 %
$174,000
Median
$284,000
90 %
Attorney law clerks in the United States make an average salary of $174,381 per year or $83.84 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $106,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $284,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, and California provide the highest attorney law clerk salaries.

Average Attorney Law Clerk Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where attorney law clerks earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Attorney Law Clerk average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$61,791
$61,791
$29.71
$29.71
Alaska
Alaska
$48,348
$48,348
$23.24
$23.24
Arizona
Arizona
$76,520
$76,520
$36.79
$36.79
Arkansas
Arkansas
$63,443
$63,443
$30.50
$30.50
California
California
$100,604
$100,604
$48.37
$48.37
Colorado
Colorado
$74,380
$74,380
$35.76
$35.76
Connecticut
Connecticut
$99,525
$99,525
$47.85
$47.85
Delaware
Delaware
$103,396
$103,396
$49.71
$49.71
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$115,063
$115,063
$55.32
$55.32
Florida
Florida
$77,632
$77,632
$37.32
$37.32
Georgia
Georgia
$71,575
$71,575
$34.41
$34.41
Hawaii
Hawaii
$98,132
$98,132
$47.18
$47.18
Idaho
Idaho
$74,025
$74,025
$35.59
$35.59
Illinois
Illinois
$88,558
$88,558
$42.58
$42.58
Indiana
Indiana
$61,197
$61,197
$29.42
$29.42
Iowa
Iowa
$77,199
$77,199
$37.11
$37.11
Kansas
Kansas
$64,284
$64,284
$30.91
$30.91
Kentucky
Kentucky
$82,348
$82,348
$39.59
$39.59
Louisiana
Louisiana
$62,704
$62,704
$30.15
$30.15
Maine
Maine
$84,814
$84,814
$40.78
$40.78
Maryland
Maryland
$77,057
$77,057
$37.05
$37.05
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$117,682
$117,682
$56.58
$56.58
Michigan
Michigan
$68,602
$68,602
$32.98
$32.98
Minnesota
Minnesota
$59,859
$59,859
$28.78
$28.78
Mississippi
Mississippi
$46,389
$46,389
$22.30
$22.30
Missouri
Missouri
$64,687
$64,687
$31.10
$31.10
Montana
Montana
$58,677
$58,677
$28.21
$28.21
Nebraska
Nebraska
$59,949
$59,949
$28.82
$28.82
Nevada
Nevada
$94,275
$94,275
$45.32
$45.32
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$90,854
$90,854
$43.68
$43.68
New Jersey
New Jersey
$83,412
$83,412
$40.10
$40.10
New Mexico
New Mexico
$70,043
$70,043
$33.67
$33.67
New York
New York
$120,519
$120,519
$57.94
$57.94
North Carolina
North Carolina
$70,052
$70,052
$33.68
$33.68
North Dakota
North Dakota
$62,922
$62,922
$30.25
$30.25
Ohio
Ohio
$82,526
$82,526
$39.68
$39.68
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$71,752
$71,752
$34.50
$34.50
Oregon
Oregon
$93,787
$93,787
$45.09
$45.09
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$74,032
$74,032
$35.59
$35.59
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$103,798
$103,798
$49.90
$49.90
South Carolina
South Carolina
$72,887
$72,887
$35.04
$35.04
South Dakota
South Dakota
$62,782
$62,782
$30.18
$30.18
Tennessee
Tennessee
$81,694
$81,694
$39.28
$39.28
Texas
Texas
$71,071
$71,071
$34.17
$34.17
Utah
Utah
$51,170
$51,170
$24.60
$24.60
Vermont
Vermont
$98,005
$98,005
$47.12
$47.12
Virginia
Virginia
$87,766
$87,766
$42.20
$42.20
Washington
Washington
$85,864
$85,864
$41.28
$41.28
West Virginia
West Virginia
$93,089
$93,089
$44.75
$44.75
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$58,434
$58,434
$28.09
$28.09
Wyoming
Wyoming
$55,447
$55,447
$26.66
$26.66

Highest Paying Cities For Attorney Law Clerk

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
New York, NY
New York, NY
$126,238
$126,238
$60.69
$60.69
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$118,262
$118,262
$56.86
$56.86
Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA
$115,263
$115,263
$55.41
$55.41
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$88,142
$88,142
$42.38
$42.38
Miami, FL
Miami, FL
$78,408
$78,408
$37.70
$37.70
Saint Cloud, MN
Saint Cloud, MN
$58,278
$58,278
$28.02
$28.02

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Judicial Internship

    Avg. salary: $54,622

    In a judicial internship, a law school student can be assigned to a court to assist a judge or other law practitioner. One of the primary responsibilities will revolve around conducting thorough research on various legal issues, studying and revising orders, and preparing documentation such as a memorandum. Furthermore, an intern will have an opportunity to attend meetings and hearings, observe how legal actions are processed, and develop a perspective on how the entire judicial system functions.
    33,801 Judicial Internship Jobs
    Legal Extern

    Avg. salary: $69,822

    Legal externs are law students who took the opportunity to do on-the-job training at a law firm. Instead of monetary compensation, they receive academic credits. Legal externs primarily engage in job shadowing. They are usually assigned mentors in the law firm, and they would shadow their mentors in their daily routines. Legal externs are exposed to the actual work done by lawyers. Legal externs are involved in cases, providing insights while building a solid case for their client, giving advice to clients, and representing clients under the supervision of the actual lawyers in the firm. They are usually not given administrative or clerical tasks since they are expected to do more tasks directly related to being a lawyer.
    9,603 Legal Extern Jobs
    Law Internship

    Avg. salary: $36,359

    A law internship is a program that is designed for law students to give them valuable insight into the professional lives of attorneys and judges. Law interns need to understand and observe what being a lawyer involves. They are required to conduct research and present it to their superiors for case preparations. They must assist their senior lawyers in organizing all of their legal paperwork that includes case files, evidence records, and legal documents. Law interns are also required to be present in the courtroom to assist lawyers and experience actual courtroom proceedings.
    40,912 Law Internship Jobs
    Litigation Attorney

    Avg. salary: $141,870

    A Litigation Attorney manages all phases of the litigation process from investigation and pleading to trial, settlement, and appeal. They also question witnesses, victims, and others involved in cases.
    4,871 Litigation Attorney Jobs
    Clerk

    Avg. salary: $29,239

    Clerks are responsible for many of the general administrative tasks in the office. They are in charge of manning office telephone lines, managing incoming and outgoing mails, filing paperwork and other needed records, scheduling and documenting meetings, typing out documents when needed, disseminating memos and other official announcements, and keeping an inventory of office equipment and supplies. Clerks should have good office skills, communication skills, business writing skills, and time management skills. They should also be able to treat any document or paperwork they handle with confidentiality.
    56,665 Clerk Jobs
    Trial Attorney

    Avg. salary: $162,650

    Trial attorneys are responsible for representing and defending clients in court. Trial attorneys must have excellent legal research skills to assess pieces of evidence and examining relevant judicial decisions to support the client's claims. A trial attorney should also provide legal advice for the clients and guide them through the legal procedures depending on the severity of the case. Trial attorneys must be able to develop trial strategies and arguments in the court to win the judge and the trial jury's decision.
    5,133 Trial Attorney Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Attorney Law Clerks The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like White & Case and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as they offer the highest salaries for attorney law clerks.
    Company

    Recently Added Attorney Law Clerk Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    King County Washington
    King County Washington
    Attorney-3Rd Year Law Student & Fellow/Clerk
    Attorney-3Rd Year Law Student & Fellow/Clerk
    Attorney-3Rd Year Law Student & Fellow/Clerk
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    08/18/2020
    08/18/2020
    $70,774
    $70,774
    08/18/2020
    Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    03/11/2020
    03/11/2020
    $220,000
    $220,000
    03/11/2020
    Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    03/11/2020
    03/11/2020
    $220,000
    $220,000
    03/11/2020
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Howell, MI
    Howell, MI
    10/26/2019
    10/26/2019
    $46,978
    $46,978
    10/26/2019
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Silver Spring, MD
    Silver Spring, MD
    09/25/2019
    09/25/2019
    $69,581
    $69,581
    09/25/2019
    King County Washington
    King County Washington
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    08/02/2019
    08/02/2019
    $68,713
    $68,713
    08/02/2019
    King County Washington
    King County Washington
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    08/02/2019
    08/02/2019
    $68,713
    $68,713
    08/02/2019
    Office of The Solicitor
    Office of The Solicitor
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Attorney Law Clerk
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    07/27/2019
    07/27/2019
    $69,581
    $69,581
    07/27/2019
    Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC
    Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC
    Law Clerk/Attorney
    Law Clerk/Attorney
    Law Clerk/Attorney
    Rochester, NY
    Rochester, NY
    03/27/2018
    03/27/2018
    $55,682
    $55,682
    03/27/2018
    Preadmission Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    Preadmission Law Clerk/Associate Attorney
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    02/24/2016
    02/24/2016
    $160,000
    $160,000
    02/24/2016

    Average Attorney Law Clerk Salary by Demographic

    Attorney Law Clerk Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $139,553
    female-income
    Female Income
    $133,559
    Median Attorney Law Clerk Income by Race
    Asian attorney law clerks have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american attorney law clerks have the lowest average salary at $111,051.
    $162,000
    $152,000
    $142,000
    $132,000
    $122,000
    $112,000
    $102,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$141,430
    Black or African American$111,051
    Asian$160,833
    Unknown$146,402
    Hispanic or Latino$123,064
    Average Attorney Law Clerk Salary by Education Level
    Attorney law clerks with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $133,559 annually. With a Bachelors degree, attorney law clerks earn a median annual income of $127,632 compared to $87,624 for attorney law clerks with an Doctorate degree.
    $138,000
    $128,000
    $118,000
    $108,000
    $98,000
    $88,000
    $78,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$127,632
    Master's Degree$133,559
    Doctorate Degree$87,624