Municipal Clerk: Employment & Career Info

Read about what municipal clerks do and how to become one. Find out what the career prospects and earning potential are to decide if this career field is a good fit for you.

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Career Definition for a Municipal Clerk

The public official who records, archives, and provides public reporting on governmental actions taken by the municipality is known as a municipal clerk. The city council may make the appointment for the municipal clerk or the position may be filled by a municipal election.

Education High school diploma; an advanced degree in public administration, economics, or accounting will be beneficial. Optional certification is available.
Job Skills Communication, attention to detail, organizational
Median Salary (May 2015)* $35,850 (for all court, municipal and license clerks)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 4% (for all court, municipal and license clerks)

Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Required Education

The best educational background for appointment as a municipal clerk is a high school education followed by classes in business management, applied economics, municipal and government law, public administration, computer operation, and human relations. Advanced degrees in public administration, economics or accounting can be helpful to the municipal clerk. Certification by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks is available to those completing 100 to 105 course hours of training.

Skills Required

The successful municipal clerk has built a reputation for ethics and accuracy within the community. The municipal clerk has the ability to track details and disseminate the information in a concise and understandable form and has excellent people skills.

Career and Economic Outlook

Career opportunities for municipal clerks are expected to grow at roughly the same rate as other occupations from 2014-2024; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted municipal clerk job openings to grow by about 4%. The BLS published the median annual salary among court, municipal, and license clerks as $35,850 in May 2015.

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General Office Clerk

A general office clerk handles routine administrative or clerical tasks in an office, such as photocopying, answering telephones, sorting mail, making appointments, typing and filing documents, handling activities like making travel arrangements for senior employees, and generally providing information to coworkers or outside visitors, vendors or related contacts. General office clerks are typically high school graduates who have completed on-the-job training. According to the BLS, jobs in this field are expected to increase 3% from 2014-2024. General office clerks earned median pay of $29,580 in 2015, per the BLS.

Bookkeeping Clerk

A bookkeeping clerk keeps track of financial credits and debits to company accounts, otherwise thought of as the money coming in and the money going out. Bookkeeping clerks may get bank deposits ready, prepare financial reports for supervisors, and handle payroll tasks. Employment requirements can vary but most bookkeeping clerks are high school graduates; some may have completed postsecondary accounting classes. On-the-job training is common. Bookkeepers with enough work experience and a willingness to sit for an exam can earn professional certification. The BLS reports that jobs for bookkeepers are expected to decrease 8% from 2014-2024; the median salary for this job was $37,250 in 2015.

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