How Much Do Legal Secretaries Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Legal Secretaries

Legal Secretaries perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$52750 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,620 to $37,090 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Legal Secretaries with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,620 to $37,090 per year or $14 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Legal Secretaries to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $40 $82,270
Senior (Top 25%) $32 $65,610
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $48,980
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,090
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,620

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $42 $87,600
MA $30 $63,210
CA $30 $61,870
NY $29 $61,020
CO $28 $57,830
MN $28 $57,350
CT $27 $56,660
HI $27 $56,530
NJ $27 $55,640
RI $26 $54,520

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Legal Secretary is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Legal Secretaries are in the states of DC, MA, CA, NY and CO.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Information Services $77830 $37.42
Scientific Research and Development Services $68880 $33.12
Telecommunications $68030 $32.71
Real Estate $67080 $32.25
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $66860 $32.14
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $66690 $32.06
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $64780 $31.14
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $59770 $28.74
Postal Service (Federal Government) $59570 $28.64
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $59510 $28.61
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $59160 $28.44
Management of Companies and Enterprises $58600 $28.17
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $57560 $27.67
Insurance Carriers $57080 $27.44
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $54200 $26.06
Social Advocacy Organizations $53540 $25.74
Legal Services $53110 $25.53
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $52530 $25.26
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $52520 $25.25
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $51080 $24.56
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $50880 $24.46
Employment Services $50840 $24.44
Local Government $49430 $23.77
Office Administrative Services $49350 $23.72
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $49020 $23.57
State Government $48990 $23.55
Elementary and Secondary Schools $48690 $23.41
Individual and Family Services $47810 $22.99
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $44830 $21.55
Business Support Services $43050 $20.70

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