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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$27,080|
|25th Percentile Wage||$33,800|
|50th Percentile Wage||$44,730|
|75th Percentile Wage||$60,390|
|90th Percentile Wage||$76,500|
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 $76,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,080. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 182% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legal secretaries from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of legal secretaries in 16 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 $62,270. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $39,460).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
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 $24,310 to $86,340. The highest paying state for legal secretaries is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $86,340. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,310. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |