Most Legal Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.72 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Legal Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over a half and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,885 - $45,274
$25K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,195
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$10.08 - $17.14
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,885 - $45,274  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $2,032  
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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$21,403 - $38,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $17.14  
   
Overtime
$7.31 - $35.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$154.56 - $2,032  
   
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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$21,403 - $38,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197

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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.

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While Legal Receptionists do not often become Legal Secretaries, the job pays $42K per year on average. Going from Legal Receptionist to Receptionist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Receptionists is $25K. Many others choose to work as Legal Assistants, where pay is typically $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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $27K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $28K. Legal Receptionists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Legal Receptionist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $31K on average.

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Key Stats for Legal Receptionist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Legal Receptionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%


Skills That Affect Legal Receptionist Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 22%

Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Customer Relations
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Client Interaction
up arrow 5%

Spanish Language
up arrow 7%

Typing
up arrow 9%

Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 11%

Phone Support
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

Filing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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