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Judicial Law Clerk Salary Information

The salary statistics of judicial law clerks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of judicial law clerks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The judicial law clerks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Judicial Law Clerk Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,550
25th Percentile Wage
$41,650
50th Percentile Wage
$51,760
75th Percentile Wage
$69,660
90th Percentile Wage
$106,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judicial law clerks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) judicial law clerks is $106,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,550. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 227% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of judicial law clerks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201651,7601.97%8.96%
201550,7404.14%-
201448,6402.06%-
201347,6401.09%-
201247,120--

Table 2. Judicial Law Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of judicial law clerks in 2 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,770
Educational Services
$18,770

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Judicial Law Clerks by States

From the above tables we note that not only judicial law clerks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of judicial law clerks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $26,870 to $131,530. The highest paying state for judicial law clerks is New York with a median annual salary of $131,530. The lowest paying state is Kentucky with a median annual salary of $26,870. For more salary information of judicial law clerks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$131,530
Connecticut
$76,070
North Dakota
$68,110
Maryland
$59,960
Hawaii
$56,370
California
$56,090
Arkansas
$55,110
Georgia
$54,730
Washington
$52,830
Missouri
$52,720
Delaware
$52,600
Oregon
$51,230
Tennessee
$51,220
Virginia
$50,960
Minnesota
$50,210
Colorado
$50,030
New Jersey
$46,460
Maine
$46,210
Texas
$45,810
Illinois
$45,420
Louisiana
$44,980
Ohio
$44,040
Michigan
$42,350
Pennsylvania
$41,520
Wisconsin
$40,370
Arizona
$39,570
Montana
$37,600
Mississippi
$33,770
Utah
$33,650
Alabama
$33,410
Indiana
$33,260
South Carolina
$32,070
Kentucky
$26,870


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