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 per year-national average for those in this profession. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, where Legal Secretaries typically earn around $81K, $80K, or $80K, respectively. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,990 - $77,822
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $51,262
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$11.76 - $30.67
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MEDIAN: $17.74
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$0$77K
Salary $31,990 - $77,822
Bonus $492.48 - $4,946
Profit Sharing $991 - $7,821
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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$27,971 - $75,976
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,902
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $11.76 - $30.67
Hourly Tips $0.94
Overtime $21.06 - $60.51
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $492.48 - $4,946
Commission $3,000
Profit Sharing $991 - $7,821
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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$27,971 - $75,976
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,718

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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 go on to become Paralegals or Legal Assistants despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Legal Secretaries report using a large range 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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

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: $46,560

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

Surpassing the national average by 64 percent, Legal Secretaries in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Legal Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in New York (+49 percent), Boston (+47 percent), Washington (+47 percent), and Los Angeles (+46 percent). Sacramento is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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

Legal Secretary in Princeton:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: That I get to obtain knowledge about how the court system and legal system work.
Cons: I cannot live off of what I make. I often answer emails about work at home.

Legal Secretary in Atlanta:
"Stress level."
Pros: Working with my team members.
Cons: Salary, work flexibility.

Legal Secretary in Encino:
"Litigation work."
Pros: I like its challenges. It prepares you for what comes next.
Cons: The least I like is the deadlines.

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 Downey:
"The works of being a legal secretary."
Pros: No thing. I do everything.
Cons: Running errands to the court.

Legal Secretary in Minnetonka:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: People, learning.
Cons: No room for advancement, boring, micromanagement.

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.

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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 778 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲28%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries




▲1%


National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Word
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▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 778 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 30%
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