Court Clerks
SOC: 43-4031.01


Perform clerical duties in court of law; prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges; and contact witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
140,800 employed

Projected (2024):
147,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Appeals and Generalist Clerk
  • Appellate Court Clerk
  • Case Manager
  • Chief Deputy Clerk/Bailiff
  • Chief Deputy Court Clerk
  • Circuit Clerk
  • Circuit Court Clerk
  • Civil Clerk
  • Clerk
  • Clerk of Court
  • Clerk of Superior Court
  • Court Assistant
  • Court Attendant
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Crier
  • Court Operations Clerk
  • Court Specialist
  • Courtroom Clerk
  • Courtroom Deputy or Calendar Clerk
  • Deputy Clerk
  • Deputy Clerk of Court
  • Deputy Clerk of Superior Court
  • Deputy County Clerk
  • Deputy Court Clerk
  • Deputy Felony Clerk
  • Docket Clerk
  • Docketing Specialist
  • Judge's Clerk
  • Judicial Assistant
  • Law Clerk
  • Minute Clerk
  • Minute Clerk for Basic Traffic
  • Process Server
  • Senior Court Office Assistant
  • Senior Courtroom Clerk
  • Sessions Clerk
  • Subpoena Server
  • Summons Server
  • Superior Court Clerk
  • Traffic Clerk
  • Warrant Clerk

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.
  • Record case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees.
  • Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines.
  • Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
  • Prepare documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings.
  • Instruct parties about timing of court appearances.
  • Explain procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public.
  • Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
  • Follow procedures to secure courtrooms or exhibits, such as money, drugs, or weapons.
  • Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information.
  • Read charges and related information to the court and, if necessary, record defendants' pleas.
  • Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses, or defendants.
  • Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.
  • Direct support staff in handling of paperwork processed by clerks' offices.
  • Prepare and mark applicable court exhibits or evidence.
  • Examine legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures.
  • Record court proceedings, using recording equipment, or record minutes of court proceedings, using stenotype machines or shorthand.
  • Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
  • Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
  • Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
  • Meet with judges, lawyers, parole officers, police, or social agency officials to coordinate the functions of the court.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls, filing court documents, or maintaining office supplies or equipment.
  • Prepare staff schedules.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio recording equipment
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer inkjet printers
  • Copy machines
  • Desktop calculators
  • Electric typewriters
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Microfilm viewing equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Printing calculators
  • Steno writers
  • Abilis CORIS Offender Management System
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Data entry software
  • IBM Judicial Enforcement Management System JEMS
  • IBM Notes
  • LexisNexis software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet applications
  • Syscon Court Clerk
  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330