The average pay for a Legal Secretary with Legal Research skills is AU$51,411 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

AU$38,879 - AU$71,610
AU$39K
AU$51K
AU$72K
MEDIAN: AU$51,198
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50%
90%
AU$18.48 - AU$30.36
AU$18
AU$24
AU$30
MEDIAN: AU$23.89
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AU$0AU$71K
Salary AU$38,879 - AU$71,610
Bonus AU$2,000
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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AU$38,825 - AU$70,014
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 16 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 213
Hourly Data AU$0AU$30
Hourly Rate AU$18.48 - AU$30.36
Overtime AU$25.50
Annual Data AU$0AU$70K
Bonus AU$2,000
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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AU$38,825 - AU$70,014
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 16 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72

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.

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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 AU$46,000 based on 152 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 AU$57,000 based on 85 salaries. An experienced Legal Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$58,000 based on 72 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 AU$57,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$50,749

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Key Stats for Legal Secretary

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲14%

▲13%

▲12%

National Average
AU$51,000

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 97%