Legal Secretary Salary

Legal Secretaries in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K per year, but may range from $27K to $72K per year. In the world of Legal Secretaries, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $72K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,075 - $73,082
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,051
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90%

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$11.17 - $29.47
(Median)
$11
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,075 - $73,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,458  
Profit Sharing
$758 - $7,218  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,551  
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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$27,094 - $72,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,761
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $29.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.02 - $54.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,458  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$758 - $7,218  
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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$27,094 - $72,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,040
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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

  • Organize and maintain law libraries, documents and case files.
  • Schedule appointments, answer phones, make photocopies, draft and type office memos.
  • Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses and court officials.
  • Assist attorneys in collecting employment, medical and other records.
  • Prepare and process legal documents and papers; summonses, subpoenas, complaints, appeals, motions and pretrial agreements.

Common Career Paths for Legal Secretary


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For Legal Secretaries, progressing to an Attorney role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Attorney can earn $81K annually. Legal Secretaries most frequently advance into Legal Assistant and Paralegal roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Legal Secretary


Goodwin Procter Llp, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Geico, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Legal Secretaries. Although salaries only range from $76K to just $97K, Goodwin Procter Llp still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $84K. Legal Secretaries will also find cushy salaries at Cooley Godward Kronish Llp (+$83K), Sidley & Austin Llp (+$78K), and Mayer, Brown & Platt (+$77K).

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Geico, where the median salary is just $38K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Buchanan Ingersoll PC at $50K and Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell at $54K, though some Legal Secretaries there earn up to $75K.

Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Legal Secretaries seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Software Knowledge, Proofreading, and Word Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. Most people who know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Legal Secretaries who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,696

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Secretaries, 62 percent higher than the national average. Legal Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+55 percent), New York (+44 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), and Boston (+35 percent).

Legal Secretary Reviews

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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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries



Word Processing
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Transcription
up arrow 3%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
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up arrow 5%

up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1588 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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