Legal Secretary Salary

The national average salary for Legal Secretaries is $51K annually; Goodwin Procter Llp pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $96K. Other big spenders include Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, top-paying firms where Legal Secretaries see paychecks nearing $81K, $80K, or $80K. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,315 - $78,043
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$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,335
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$11.85 - $30.63
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MEDIAN: $17.86
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$0$78K
Salary $32,315 - $78,043
Bonus $491.46 - $4,945
Profit Sharing $1,074 - $8,067
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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$28,211 - $76,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,826
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $11.85 - $30.63
Hourly Tips $0.94
Overtime $21.76 - $60.18
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $491.46 - $4,945
Commission $3,000
Profit Sharing $1,074 - $8,067
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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$28,211 - $76,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,686

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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

  • 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.

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 Employer Salaries for Legal Secretary

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: $46,832

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 Reviews

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

Legal Secretary in Princeton:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: That I get to obtain knowledge about how the court system and legal system work.
Cons: I cannot live off of what I make. I often answer emails about work at home.

Legal Secretary in Atlanta:
"Stress level."
Pros: Working with my team members.
Cons: Salary, work flexibility.

Legal Secretary in Encino:
"Litigation work."
Pros: I like its challenges. It prepares you for what comes next.
Cons: The least I like is the deadlines.

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 Downey:
"The works of being a legal secretary."
Pros: No thing. I do everything.
Cons: Running errands to the court.

Legal Secretary in Minnetonka:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: People, learning.
Cons: No room for advancement, boring, micromanagement.

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.

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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 858 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Legal Secretary Salaries

▲27%

▲7%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Legal Secretary Salaries




▲1%


National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Word
▼1%

▼2%





▼6%

▼7%

▼10%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 858 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

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