$52,025
Avg. Salary
$17.82
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,498

Profit Sharing

$3,134

Commission

$3,600

The average pay for a Legal Secretary is $17.82 per hour.

The average pay for a Legal Secretary is $52,025 per year.

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$0$77K
Salary $32,619 - $77,817
Bonus $488 - $4,872
Profit Sharing $976 - $7,240
Commission $3,600
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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$28,303 - $76,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,289
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $11.85 - $31.16
Hourly Tips $1.72
Overtime $20.54 - $60.16
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $488 - $4,872
Commission $3,600
Profit Sharing $976 - $7,240
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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$28,303 - $76,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,180

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Legal Secretary

Common Career Paths for Legal Secretary


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It doesn't happen often, but some Legal Secretaries do move on to become Corporate Paralegals. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $55K per year. Legal Secretaries most frequently advance into Paralegal and Legal Assistant roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Legal Secretary


Legal Secretaries seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Software Knowledge, Word Processing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Filing, and Typing. Most people skilled in Document Preparation are similarly competent in Drafting Correspondence and Client Interaction.

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 $33,000 based on 1,393 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 $42,000 based on 945 salaries. An experienced Legal Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,525 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 $59,000 based on 1,719 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,218

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

Legal Secretaries will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 64 percent. Legal Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+49 percent), Boston (+47 percent), Washington (+47 percent), and Los Angeles (+46 percent). Sacramento is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

Legal Secretary Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Legal Secretary?

Legal Secretary in Youngstown:
"That reviews of salary is not a consideration."
Make sure you get paid what you are worth.

Legal Secretary in Fresno:
Pros: Benefits and company atmosphere. My regional director is awesome.
Cons: My immediate boss has an anger problem and is a whiner. Whenever there's a problem, he looks for ways to blame others, instead of taking an proactive approach to solve the problem. He also is not very good at teamwork.

Legal Secretary in Monroe:
"Clear Job Description."
Have your duties, responsibilities outlined in a contract form. Therefore others cant pile work on you when they aren't paying you. Working in a office with 3 attorneys and only one secretary, will cause burn-out. Receptionist, File Clerk, Office Manager, Paralegal, Runner, Personal Assistant, etc. These are all specific job titles, not intended for only 1 person to do. Be clear!

Legal Secretary in Houston:
"Presentation, Presentation, Presentation."
If the final document you present to your client doesn't look good, it is a direct reflection on YOU. If the final document you present on behalf of your client doesn't look good, it doesn't get read - no matter how well-written it is. Imagine, if you will, that your client, along with multiple other developers, is placing a bid document out to investors for their review and ultimate purchase. If your document, as compared to documents provided by the other developers, is not eye-pleasing, your client immediately loses any advantage it may have had. Always keep in mind that your client is depending on you to make a great impression on his behalf.

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.

Legal Secretary in New York:
"Be Proactive"
Besides doing all the usual duties, i also tried to solve computer technical issues and trained others; learned many computer skills and filing procedures, etc., on my own and pass them along to the others. I was always calm and patient and I always volunteer for overtime whenever necessary

Legal Secretary in New York:
"Average salary."
Seek a great team, makes the job more rewarding.

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Key Stats for Legal Secretary

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1454 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
37%

Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲26%

▲6%

National Average
$47,000

▼11%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries




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National Average
$47,000


Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1454 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 29%