Legal Secretary Salary

Legal Secretaries who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Legal Secretaries. Pay fluctuates from $27K to $72K per year, but expected earnings average $50K annually. Total cash compensation for Legal Secretaries runs from $27K to $72K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Legal Secretaries, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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

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$11.17 - $29.47
(Median)
$11
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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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 (?
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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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As Legal Secretaries transition into upper-level roles such as Attorney, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Attorneys earn $81K on average per year. 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Legal Secretaries include Goodwin Procter Llp, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Geico, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp. Goodwin Procter Llp offers the best pay with a median salary of $84K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $76K and maxing out at just $97K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Cooley Godward Kronish Llp, Sidley & Austin Llp, and Mayer, Brown & Platt, where earnings of $83K, $78K, or $77K are standard for Legal Secretaries.

Geico offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($38K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Buchanan Ingersoll PC at $50K, and Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell where $54K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Legal Secretaries there earn up to $75K.

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, Proofreading, and Word Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Legal Secretaries. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Legal Secretaries make a median salary of $49K. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,696

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Legal Secretaries, 62 percent above the national average. Legal Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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%

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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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