Updated August 18, 2021
Average Law Clerk Salary
$53,000 yearly
$25.77 hourly

Entry level Salary
$27,000 yearly
$27,000
10 %
$53,000
Median
$106,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$106,000$8,833$51
75th Percentile$76,000$6,333$37
Average$53,594$4,466$26
25th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
10th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13

Average Law Clerk Salary By State

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Law Clerk average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$35,860$17.24276
Alaska$36,722$17.65127
Arizona$43,469$20.90153
Arkansas$37,443$18.00205
California$58,241$28.005,166
Colorado$48,184$23.17764
Connecticut$53,074$25.52490
Delaware$52,670$25.32144
District of Columbia$72,988$35.09315
Florida$39,256$18.872,323
Georgia$41,791$20.091,110
Hawaii$50,213$24.1486
Idaho$48,496$23.32210
Illinois$51,766$24.891,332
Indiana$35,989$17.30894
Iowa$50,546$24.30273
Kansas$40,657$19.55488
Kentucky$48,413$23.28489
Louisiana$34,728$16.70247
Maine$52,240$25.1283
Maryland$40,570$19.50613
Massachusetts$66,958$32.19967
Michigan$40,031$19.251,132
Minnesota$48,526$23.33871
Mississippi$26,465$12.72205
Missouri$40,576$19.51822
Montana$44,005$21.1624
Nebraska$40,075$19.27283
Nevada$52,880$25.4268
New Hampshire$52,556$25.27118
New Jersey$43,763$21.04389
New Mexico$39,597$19.04209
New York$71,994$34.611,911
North Carolina$38,326$18.43981
North Dakota$48,905$23.5180
Ohio$46,129$22.181,278
Oklahoma$42,164$20.27300
Oregon$57,744$27.76651
Pennsylvania$37,938$18.241,302
Rhode Island$56,460$27.1491
South Carolina$41,815$20.10436
South Dakota$44,707$21.49121
Tennessee$48,612$23.37756
Texas$38,918$18.712,408
Utah$31,799$15.29401
Vermont$62,564$30.0881
Virginia$44,785$21.53868
Washington$56,064$26.951,067
West Virginia$50,645$24.35142
Wisconsin$37,027$17.80712
Wyoming$38,890$18.7096

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Highest Paying Cities For Law Clerk

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Washington, DC$72,927$35.06
White Plains, NY$72,293$34.76
Boston, MA$67,019$32.22
San Francisco, CA$64,492$31.01
Seattle, WA$56,976$27.39
Chicago, IL$51,901$24.95

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How much does a Law Clerk make?

The average Law Clerk salary is $53,594 per year, or $25.77 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $106,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, and Oregon provide the highest Law Clerk salaries.

Average Law Clerk Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$53,600$25.77+4.1%
    2021$51,400$24.70-0.8%
    2020$51,800$24.91+2.0%
    2019$50,800$24.42+4.1%
    2018$48,700$23.41+2.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Attorney

    Avg. salary: $108,074

    Generally, an attorney's responsibility is to advise the client with an ongoing lawsuit on the legal procedures and provide strategies to resolve the case as early as possible. An attorney compiles necessary documents or any records for appeal and client's defense. Attorneys must acquire strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to mediate disputes and settle pending litigation for the client's best interest. In some cases, an attorney's procedure depends on any evidence and research presented during the trial period. An attorney is expected to present clients on legal proceedings, seeking justice and justifying the law.
    11,296 Attorney Jobs
    Contractor-Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $53,200

    A Contractor-Paralegal works for a law firm or corporate legal department for a specified amount of time, or for a specified task. They can be specialized in the entertainment industry or in providing services to healthcare companies and insurance providers.
    7,924 Contractor-Paralegal Jobs
    Attorney At Law

    Avg. salary: $97,859

    An Attorney at Law is responsible for preparing and examining contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, etc. They advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, or legal rights and obligations.
    7,939 Attorney At Law Jobs
    Staff Attorney

    Avg. salary: $96,402

    Staff Attorneys are legal employees who work for a variety of organizations, often as full-time employees. They use their legal expertise to help deal with day-to-day legal issues with which their organization needs regular assistance.
    73,909 Staff Attorney Jobs
    Real Estate Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $58,921

    A Real Estate Paralegal helps real estate lawyers with a variety of tasks, such as offering advice to clients, doing research, and preparing documents. They collaborate with landlords, housing managers, or other real estate personnel.
    22,258 Real Estate Paralegal Jobs
    Corporate Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $63,485

    A Corporate Paralegal helps attorneys gather information and materials in preparation for different kinds of cases, hearings, or meetings. They also work in the legal departments of large corporations and for government agencies.
    12,518 Corporate Paralegal Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Attorney$108,074$9,006$51.9611,296
    Contractor-Paralegal$53,201$4,433$25.587,924
    Attorney At Law$97,859$8,155$47.057,939
    Staff Attorney$96,402$8,034$46.3573,909
    Real Estate Paralegal$58,921$4,910$28.3322,258
    Corporate Paralegal$63,485$5,290$30.5212,518
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    Recently Added Law Clerk Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Dakota CountyLaw ClerkApple Valley, MN12/29/2021$41,740
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    United States CourtsCourt Law ClerkFresno, CA12/23/2021$66,649
    State of IndianaUI Appeals Law ClerkIndianapolis, IN12/22/2021$30,005
    Center for Biological DiversityLaw Clerk-Summer 2022 (Government Affairs-D.C.)Washington, DC12/21/2021$34,832
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    Average Law Clerk Salary by Demographic

    Law Clerk Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $64,967
    female-income
    Female Income
    $74,299
    GenderIncome
    Male$64,967
    Female$74,299
    Median Law Clerk Income by Race
    Black or African American Law Clerks have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Law Clerks have the lowest average salary at $56,900.
    $80,000
    $64,000
    $48,000
    $32,000
    $16,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$64,594
    Black or African American$75,090
    Asian$74,685
    Hispanic or Latino$56,900
    Average Law Clerk Salary by Education Level
    $75,000
    $60,000
    $45,000
    $30,000
    $15,000
    $0
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    Bachelor's Degree$42,651
    Master's Degree$74,299