Legal Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Legal Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.94 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Legal Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than half lack coverage. On the flip side, about one-half have medical insurance and slightly less than a third receive dental plans.

$23,812 - $46,888
$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,221
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$10.13 - $17.35
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$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,812 - $46,888  
   
Bonus
$149.50 - $2,327  
Profit Sharing
$738  
Total Pay (?
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$21,644 - $39,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $17.35  
   
Overtime
$7.31 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$149.50 - $2,327  
   
Profit Sharing
$738  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,644 - $39,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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Job Description for Legal Receptionist

A legal receptionist typically works at the front desk of a legal firm, setting up appointments for clients, directing them into lawyers’ offices, and taking incoming calls. This receptionist must ensure their office's reception area is clean and welcoming as well. Tasks performed by the legal receptionist include greeting guests, answering calls on multi-line telephones, routing calls to the correct areas, scheduling clients for meetings with lawyers, and using a photocopiers and fax machine as necessary. Additionally, legal receptionists perform filing work and ensure all conference and waiting areas are clean. Some legal receptionists also serve coffee or tea to clients in the waiting room or offices, as well as order supplies for lawyers and the office as a whole. They also receive mail and packages to be routed to lawyers as well. A legal receptionist often handles other administrative duties, such as making new case files in the computer system and writing letters to clients or their families.

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Legal Receptionist Tasks

  • Greet clients in person or on the telephone.
  • Update appointment and location schedules.
  • Keep telephone equipment operating by following operating instructions and calling for repairs.
  • Screen, answer or refer inquiries to proper channels.
  • Transfer calls.

Common Career Paths for Legal Receptionist


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While not commonly seen, Legal Receptionists who transition into a Legal Secretary position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Legal Secretaries is $43K per year. More often than not, a Receptionist role is the next step for Legal Receptionists moving up in the field. Pay for Receptionists is usually $25K. Many Legal Receptionists choose to take on a Legal Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $36K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Receptionist

Pay by Experience for a Legal Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 155 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Receptionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Legal Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 54 salaries. A Legal Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 26 salaries.

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Key Stats for Legal Receptionist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Legal Receptionist Salaries

Late-Career
▲7%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$29,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Legal Receptionist Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲14%

Scheduling
▲10%

Customer Relations
▲4%

National Average
$29,000


Client Interaction
▼5%

Microsoft Office
▼7%

Filing
▼7%

Typing
▼8%

▼9%

Office Administration
▼11%

Filing Court Documents
▼12%

Phone Support
▼12%

Spanish Language
▼14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼17%

Bilingual
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 46%
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