Legal Secretary Salary

The national average salary for Legal Secretaries is $51K annually; by contrast, Goodwin Procter Llp pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $96K. Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Legal Secretaries earning around $81K, $80K, or $80K at each firm, respectively. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$32,096 - $76,667
$32K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,777
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50%
90%

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$11.62 - $30.25
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.44
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,096 - $76,667  
   
Bonus
$493.21 - $4,946  
Profit Sharing
$773 - $6,995  
Commission
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,003 - $74,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,021
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $30.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.94  
Overtime
$20.06 - $59.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.21 - $4,946  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$773 - $6,995  
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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$28,003 - $74,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,707

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Legal Secretaries move into roles as Corporate Paralegals, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $55K per year. Legal Secretaries most often move into positions as Paralegals or Legal Assistants. Paralegals actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Legal Assistants earn $10K less per year than Legal Secretaries do.

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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 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. Most people experienced in Document Preparation also know Drafting Correspondence and Client Interaction.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Secretary

Pay by Experience for a Legal Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 1,393 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 945 salaries. An experienced Legal Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,525 salaries. A Legal Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 1,719 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,294

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For Legal Secretaries, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Legal Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+50 percent), Boston (+48 percent), Washington (+48 percent), and Los Angeles (+47 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Sacramento is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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 663 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲28%

▲9%

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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▼5%

▼6%

▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 663 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
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 29%