Legal Receptionist Salary

Women account for the majority of Legal Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.67 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly more than half have medical coverage and just under a third have dental coverage, just under a half claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,207 - $45,994
$24K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,224
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$10.07 - $17.12
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MEDIAN: $12.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,207 - $45,994  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,438 - $38,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.12  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $38.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$153.19 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,438 - $38,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Legal Receptionists who advance into the role of a Legal Secretary are fairly uncommon. Legal Secretaries on average earn $42K per year. Legal Receptionists go on to become Receptionists more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $25K. Legal Receptionists who move into a Legal Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $35K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Receptionist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Legal Receptionists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $27K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. As Legal Receptionists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $31K.

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Key Stats for Legal Receptionist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Legal Receptionist Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲3%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$29,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Legal Receptionist Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲19%

Scheduling
▲11%

Customer Relations
▲5%

National Average
$29,000


Microsoft Office
▼6%

Client Interaction
▼6%

▼7%

Typing
▼7%

Filing
▼7%

Office Administration
▼10%

Filing Court Documents
▼11%

Phone Support
▼11%

Spanish Language
▼13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼17%

Bilingual
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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