Legal Receptionist Salary

The larger portion of Legal Receptionists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.14 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Legal Receptionists. While some workers in this profession — a little less than one-half — do not have any health coverage, roughly one-half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,763 - $49,191
$22K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,664
10%
50%
90%

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$10.02 - $17.39
$10
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.28
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$0$49K
Salary $21,763 - $49,191
Bonus $144.53 - $2,087
Profit Sharing $500
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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$21,239 - $40,087
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $10.02 - $17.39
Overtime $7.31 - $32.00
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $144.53 - $2,087
Profit Sharing $500
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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$21,239 - $40,087
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 189

Job Description for Legal Receptionist

A legal receptionist typically works at the front desk of a legal firm, setting up appointments for clients, directing them into lawyers’ offices, and taking incoming calls. This receptionist must ensure their office's reception area is clean and welcoming as well. Tasks performed by the legal receptionist include greeting guests, answering calls on multi-line telephones, routing calls to the correct areas, scheduling clients for meetings with lawyers, and using a photocopiers and fax machine as necessary. Additionally, legal receptionists perform filing work and ensure all conference and waiting areas are clean. Some legal receptionists also serve coffee or tea to clients in the waiting room or offices, as well as order supplies for lawyers and the office as a whole. They also receive mail and packages to be routed to lawyers as well. A legal receptionist often handles other administrative duties, such as making new case files in the computer system and writing letters to clients or their families.

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Legal Receptionist Tasks

  • Greet clients in person or on the telephone.
  • Update appointment and location schedules.
  • Keep telephone equipment operating by following operating instructions and calling for repairs.
  • Screen, answer or refer inquiries to proper channels.
  • Transfer calls.

Common Career Paths for Legal Receptionist


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Legal Receptionists who advance into the role of a Legal Secretary are fairly uncommon. Legal Secretaries on average earn $43K per year. The most common promotion for Legal Receptionists is a Receptionist position, which usually brings in $25K a year. Another standard transition for Legal Receptionists seeking advancement is to assume a Legal Assistant role, where pay is often $36K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Receptionist

Pay by Experience for a Legal Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 155 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Receptionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Legal Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 54 salaries. A Legal Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 26 salaries.

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Key Stats for Legal Receptionist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Legal Receptionist Salaries

Late-Career
▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$29,000

▼1%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Legal Receptionist Salaries

Microsoft Word
▲13%

Scheduling
▲9%

Customer Relations
▲3%

National Average
$29,000


Client Interaction
▼6%

Filing
▼7%

Microsoft Office
▼8%

Typing
▼9%

▼10%

Office Administration
▼12%

Filing Court Documents
▼13%

Phone Support
▼13%

Spanish Language
▼14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼18%

Bilingual
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 48%