Though nationally Legal Secretaries make an average $51K per year, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Goodwin Procter Llp, where the average salary is around $84K. Legal Secretaries will also find cushy salaries at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher (+$81K), Mayer, Brown & Platt (+$80K), and Sidley & Austin Llp (+$80K). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,260 - $76,259
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,100
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$11.72 - $30.10
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$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,260 - $76,259  
   
Bonus
$495.12 - $4,906  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $7,132  
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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$28,131 - $74,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $30.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.72  
Overtime
$19.87 - $59.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$495.12 - $4,906  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $7,132  
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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$28,131 - $74,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,780
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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.

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Legal Secretaries may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Attorney. The latter position pays an average of $81K annually. Many Legal Secretaries choose to become Paralegals and Legal Assistants as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $10K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Word Processing, Software Knowledge, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. For most people, competency in Document Preparation indicates knowledge of 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.


Legal Secretaries generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,595

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

For Legal Secretaries, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Legal Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+49 percent), New York (+49 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), and Boston (+42 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
$47,000



Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries




Proofreading
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Transcription
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National Average
$47,000

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Document Preparation
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 3%


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 684 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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