With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Legal Secretaries with Word Processing skills reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $77K per year and averages out to $53K annually. Total incomes of Legal Secretaries with Word Processing skills incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $77K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Legal Secretaries with Word Processing skills claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,573 - $77,051
(Median)
$33K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,209
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$12.70 - $32.87
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,573 - $77,051  
   
Bonus
$491.11 - $4,902  
Profit Sharing
$1,077 - $6,373  
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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$30,011 - $77,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $32.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$22.79 - $60.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$491.11 - $4,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,077 - $6,373  
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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$30,011 - $77,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Secretary

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $35K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $60K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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