Salary for Legal Secretaries

Also known as:  Accredited Legal Secretary, Certified Legal Secretary Specialist, Law Secretary, Legal Administrative Assistant


Legal Secretaries are professionals employed to perform clerical work inside of a law firm or other legal facility. Secretaries complete a varied itinerary of duties, often researching cases, compiling paperwork and documentation for court, answering telephones, entering in information into a computer system, scheduling consultations and meetings with lawyers and more. It is essential that one understand legal terminology in order to work as a legal secretary Experience is also very valuable. To work as a legal secretary one must have an associate's degree or higher as well as be friendly and professional in apperance.

A Legal Secretary can expect an average salary of between 32000 and 48000 depending on the level of experience. Legal Secretaries can get average salaries of Forty Three Thousand Six Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Legal Secretaries receive the highest salary in the District of Columbia, which has an average pay rate of just about $61270. People in this career receive the best pay in Utilities, where they can receive average pay levels of $54970.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 13.85 percent nationwide in that time.
Legal Secretaries tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $54,970
Utilities $54,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises $54,370
Information $52,790
Wholesale Trade $49,090
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $49,030
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $39,760
Public Administration $39,880
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $41,620
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $43,400
Other Services (except Public Administration) $44,030
Construction $45,840