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Legal Secretary Salary

The nationwide average salary for Legal Secretarys is $49K per year, but those working at Cooley Godward Kronish Llp can pull down an average $89K. Legal Secretarys can also look forward to large paychecks at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher ($80K), Sidley & Austin Llp ($78K), and Latham and Watkins, Llp ($73K). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,005 - $71,349
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MEDIAN: $48,538
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,005 - $71,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,062  
Profit Sharing
$752 - $6,699  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,973  
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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$25,617 - $70,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,931
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $28.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.25  
Overtime
$14.82 - $52.87  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,062  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,973  
Profit Sharing
$752 - $6,699  
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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$25,617 - $70,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,174
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Job Description for Legal Secretary

A legal secretary works to assist the attorneys and paralegals of the law firm and has a number of different responsibilities largely dependent on the daily needs of the firm. The secretary may be asked to prepare and process legal documents such as summonses, complaints, subpoenas, appeals, affidavits, motions, and pretrial agreements. The employee will take care of mailing, faxing, or arranging for alternate delivery of correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials. A legal secretary schedules appointments, answers the main line for the firm, makes copies, and drafts office memos. The secretary will organize and maintain the firm's law libraries, documents, and case files as well as assist attorneys in collecting employment, medical, and other records related to cases. Taking notes at legal meetings, client interviews, and hearings or depositions will be required. A legal secretary will also spend time reviewing legal publications and searching databases to identify laws and court decisions relevant to the firm's cases. A professional demeanor is required in dealing with the firm’s attorneys and clients, and good grammar and spelling are expected in any written correspondence whether it is emailed, faxed, or sent through the postal service. Office hours vary based on the caseload and schedule for the firm, but often exceed forty hours per week. A legal secretary must be able to efficiently use standard office equipment such as computers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, and calculators. A legal background is required, whether through a degree in a related field or by previous experience working for a law firm.


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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Legal Secretarys who transition into an upper level Attorney role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $80K per year. Legal Secretarys most frequently advance into Legal Assistant and Paralegal roles even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Legal Secretarys report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, and Software Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. It is often found that people who know Document Preparation are also skilled in 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Legal Secretarys. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. On average, Legal Secretarys make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Legal Secretarys 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Legal Secretarys that is 63 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Legal Secretarys will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+57 percent), New York (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), and Boston (+40 percent).

Legal Secretary Reviews

What is it like working as a Legal Secretary?
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
$44,000



Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries








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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1710 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%