Legal Secretaries Salary Information

The salary statistics of legal secretaries are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of legal secretaries within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The legal secretaries annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Legal Secretaries Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,970
25th Percentile Wage
$33,510
50th Percentile Wage
$44,180
75th Percentile Wage
$59,410
90th Percentile Wage
$75,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legal secretaries. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) legal secretaries is $75,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,970. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 180% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of legal secretaries from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,1802.22%4.55%
201543,2001.00%-
201442,7700.89%-
201342,3900.52%-
201242,170--

Table 2. Legal Secretaries Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of legal secretaries in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for legal secretaries occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $60,500. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $40,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$60,500
Manufacturing
$56,890
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,430
Construction
$56,360
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$55,940
Wholesale Trade
$55,280
Finance and Insurance
$52,900
Information
$52,250
Educational Services
$48,120
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,370
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$42,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,350

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Legal Secretaries by States

From the above tables we note that not only legal secretaries salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of legal secretaries in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,410 to $83,360. The highest paying state for legal secretaries is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $83,360. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,410. For more salary information of legal secretaries profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$83,360
New York
$62,370
Delaware
$54,150
California
$51,410
Connecticut
$51,390
Minnesota
$51,030
Massachusetts
$49,440
Rhode Island
$48,330
Hawaii
$47,460
Alaska
$47,240
North Carolina
$47,090
New Jersey
$46,550
Nevada
$45,820
Washington
$45,390
Colorado
$45,270
Michigan
$45,210
Oregon
$44,740
Virgin Islands
$44,740
Illinois
$44,510
Arizona
$44,400
Pennsylvania
$44,390
Vermont
$43,910
New Hampshire
$43,220
Virginia
$42,740
Oklahoma
$40,080
Texas
$39,680
Georgia
$39,370
Wisconsin
$39,320
Florida
$39,290
Ohio
$39,150
Wyoming
$38,900
Maine
$38,430
Missouri
$38,300
North Dakota
$38,270
Tennessee
$37,990
Maryland
$37,900
Utah
$37,620
Mississippi
$37,480
South Carolina
$37,460
West Virginia
$36,180
Nebraska
$36,080
Alabama
$36,070
Iowa
$35,380
Louisiana
$35,260
Indiana
$35,210
Idaho
$35,110
New Mexico
$35,070
Guam
$35,030
Montana
$33,010
South Dakota
$32,540
Kansas
$32,180
Arkansas
$31,990
Kentucky
$31,940
Puerto Rico
$24,410


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