How Much do Legal Secretaries Make?

Do legal secretaries make a lot of money? What is the average pay for legal secretaries?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, legal secretaries in the United States earn an average of $50,900 a year, equivalent to $24.47 an hour. Legal secretaries make 5% less than the average American worker.

Legal secretaries in Massachusetts are the best paid, making $63,360 a year, while legal secretaries in Montana make the least at $32,210.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Legal Secretarie Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $38.27 $79,610
75th $30.52 $63,480
50th $22.74 $47,300
25th $17.20 $35,780
10th $13.83 $28,760
Legal Secretarie Wages by State

In what states do legal secretaries make the most? In what states do legal secretaries make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $21.01 $43,710
Alaska $24.07 $50,060
Arizona $24.94 $51,880
Arkansas $17.68 $36,780
California $27.58 $57,370
Colorado $26.07 $54,220
Connecticut $27.24 $56,660
Delaware $24.41 $50,760
Florida $22.49 $46,780
Georgia $22.43 $46,650
Hawaii $25.20 $52,410
Idaho $18.01 $37,460
Illinois $25.34 $52,710
Indiana $20.17 $41,960
Iowa $19.23 $40,000
Kansas $19.10 $39,720
Kentucky $17.77 $36,950
Louisiana $20.33 $42,290
Maine $18.81 $39,130
Maryland $26.19 $54,470
Massachusetts $30.46 $63,360
Michigan $22.79 $47,410
Minnesota $26.30 $54,710
Mississippi $19.42 $40,380
Missouri $22.45 $46,690
Montana $15.48 $32,210
Nebraska $19.42 $40,390
Nevada $22.24 $46,260
New Hampshire $23.27 $48,410
New Jersey $25.28 $52,590
New Mexico $18.94 $39,400
New York $26.92 $56,000
North Carolina $22.33 $46,450
North Dakota $21.32 $44,340
Ohio $22.06 $45,880
Oklahoma $17.90 $37,240
Oregon $24.79 $51,570
Pennsylvania $25.77 $53,590
Rhode Island $24.33 $50,600
South Carolina $19.99 $41,580
South Dakota $16.81 $34,970
Tennessee $20.74 $43,150
Texas $22.37 $46,530
Utah $21.15 $44,000
Vermont $24.94 $51,870
Virginia $22.90 $47,630
Washington $26.11 $54,310
West Virginia $19.26 $40,060
Wisconsin $22.60 $47,010
Wyoming $19.02 $39,570
Metro Areas Where Legal Secretaries Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $36.34 $75,580
Washington, DC $35.73 $74,320
San Francisco, CA $33.65 $69,990
Boston, MA $31.85 $66,240
Manchester, NH $31.34 $65,180
Santa Rosa, CA $30.11 $62,620
Raleigh, NC $30.10 $62,610
Napa, CA $30.02 $62,440
Burlington, VT $30.02 $62,430
Durham, NC $29.23 $60,790
Legal Secretarie Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $24.47 $50,900
2018 $24.06 $50,040
2017 $23.37 $48,600
2016 $23.03 $47,900
2015 $22.34 $46,470
2014 $21.96 $45,670
2013 $21.65 $45,030
2012 $21.34 $44,380
2011 $21.30 $44,310