Legal Secretary Salary

With just below two-thirds of Legal Secretaries in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Legal Secretaries is $50K annually and can range from $26K on the lower end to $72K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Legal Secretaries varies from around $26K to approximately $72K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $7K, respectively. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Most Legal Secretaries like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,539 - $72,525

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$10.73 - $28.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,539 - $72,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $6,894  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$26,482 - $71,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,639
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $28.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.38  
Overtime
$14.78 - $53.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $6,894  
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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$26,482 - $71,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,983
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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


Dominating the field, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Goodwin Procter Llp, Greenbergs Traurig Llp, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Legal Secretaries. Although Cooley Godward Kronish Llp leads the field in pay with a median salary of $84K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $55K on the low end all the way up to $106K at the top. Also paying near the top of the field are Goodwin Procter Llp at $83K, Sidley & Austin Llp at $78K, and Mayer, Brown & Platt, where Legal Secretaries annually earn $77K.

Geico, Buchanan Ingersoll PC and K&L Gates LLP are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $37K, $48K, and $54K.

Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Microsoft Word, Word Processing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Legal Secretaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Legal Secretaries will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 61 percent. Legal Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+53 percent), New York (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+41 percent), and Boston (+40 percent).

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What is it like working as a Legal Secretary?

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
$45,000



Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries






Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%

Transcription
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National Average
$45,000

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1597 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
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 29%
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