Legal Secretary Salary

Legal Secretaries in search of top-notch pay will find it at Goodwin Procter Llp, where the median salary of $96K trumps the $51K annually-national average for those in this profession. Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Sidley & Austin Llp also offer top salaries for Legal Secretaries. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $81K, $80K, and $80K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,260 - $76,400
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $50,968
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$11.59 - $30.19
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MEDIAN: $17.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,260 - $76,400  
   
Bonus
$493.97 - $4,927  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,890  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$27,956 - $74,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $30.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.94  
Overtime
$19.91 - $59.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.97 - $4,927  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,890  
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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$27,956 - $74,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,819

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Job Description for Legal Secretary

Legal secretaries work primarily for lawyers’ offices and courts to perform secretarial duties and provide legal support services to attorneys. They must file materials, such as motions, briefs, memorandums, pleadings, etc. at various court systems in a timely manner, as well as maintain appointments and remind lawyers to see clients. They may need to interview clients, either on the phone or in-person prior to referring them to their lawyers. They are generally tasked with typing and editing pleadings, briefs, technical papers, letters to various parties, and memos, among other documents, and must ensure that all legal documents are free of grammatical errors and typos. They may also accompany lawyers to courts to assist in hearings.

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Legal Secretary Tasks

  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers; summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions and pretrial agreements.
  • Review legal publications and perform database searches to identify laws and court decisions relevant to pending cases.
  • Attend legal meetings; client interviews, hearings or depositions and take notes.
  • Assist attorneys in collecting employment, medical and other records.
  • Organize and maintain law libraries, documents and case files.

Common Career Paths for Legal Secretary


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For Legal Secretaries, advancing into a Corporate Paralegal role, for which the median salary is $55K, is not common but it does happen. Many Legal Secretaries advance into roles as Paralegals or Legal Assistants, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Survey results imply that Legal Secretaries deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Software Knowledge, Word Processing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. Most people familiar with Document Preparation also know Drafting Correspondence and Client Interaction.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Secretary

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


Legal Secretaries who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. Legal Secretaries claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Legal Secretaries who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,354

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 58 percent, Legal Secretaries in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Legal Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+51 percent), Washington (+48 percent), Los Angeles (+45 percent), and Boston (+43 percent).

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Q: What is it like working as a Legal Secretary?

Legal Secretary in Laurie:
"Legal Secretary."
Pros: Work Flexibility, Office Conditions are great and relaxed. The work is different every day.
Cons: I don't get paid enough for the amount of work I do on a daily basis.

Legal Secretary in Nanuet:
"Searching for a rewarding, exciting and challenging career."
Pros: I work independently, my boss does not bother me. I work at my own pace and everyone mainly works on there own.
Cons: I would like to do and learn more about law. My job does not reward me nor do I have any benefits nor room for growth.

Legal Secretary in Muncie:
"100%"
Pros: I love the job that I do and the person I work for. I leave every day feeling as though I have truly accomplished a lot. We help people on a daily basis and that makes it easy to love my job.
Cons: I have no complaints about my current position.

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Key Stats for Legal Secretary

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 693 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲28%

▲8%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries




▲2%


Microsoft Word
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National Average
$46,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 693 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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