These Are The 10 States With The Highest Legal Secretary Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay legal secretarys the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do legal secretarys get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for legal secretarys by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for legal secretarys by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for legal secretarys after this adjustment? That would be Legal Secretaries.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Delaware
  2. North Carolina
  3. Minnesota
  4. Michigan
  5. Georgia
  6. Texas
  7. Illinois
  8. New York
  9. Arizona
  10. Washington

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for legal secretarys from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $54500, so our index value would be:

$54,500 * (100 / 135.9) = $40,103

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for legal secretarys.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Legal Secretary Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Delaware $53,007 $53,750 101.4
2 North Carolina $51,139 $48,020 93.9
3 Minnesota $50,416 $50,820 100.8
4 Michigan $50,359 $44,820 89.0
5 Georgia $49,452 $45,200 91.4
6 Texas $49,382 $44,790 90.7
7 Illinois $49,323 $46,660 94.6
8 New York $48,129 $63,050 131.0
9 Arizona $46,387 $45,460 98.0
10 Washington $46,045 $48,440 105.2
11 Nevada $45,769 $47,280 103.3
12 Mississippi $45,715 $39,270 85.9
13 Virginia $45,634 $46,000 100.8
14 Pennsylvania $45,305 $45,940 101.4
15 Oklahoma $45,156 $40,280 89.2
16 Missouri $45,110 $40,780 90.4
17 Utah $44,817 $41,680 93.0
18 Ohio $44,147 $41,410 93.8
19 Tennessee $44,060 $39,390 89.4
20 Wyoming $43,976 $40,370 91.8
21 Indiana $42,949 $38,440 89.5
22 Florida $42,858 $42,130 98.3
23 Rhode Island $42,212 $50,950 120.7
24 Alabama $42,138 $38,430 91.2
25 Wisconsin $41,828 $40,490 96.8
26 Iowa $40,967 $37,280 91.0
27 Nebraska $40,949 $37,510 91.6
28 California $40,103 $54,500 135.9
29 Massachusetts $40,089 $53,480 133.4
30 West Virginia $39,914 $37,280 93.4
31 Idaho $39,891 $36,740 92.1
32 Connecticut $39,812 $50,840 127.7
33 Oregon $39,801 $46,010 115.6
34 North Dakota $39,225 $38,990 99.4
35 South Carolina $39,153 $38,840 99.2
36 Alaska $38,886 $50,980 131.1
37 New Jersey $38,613 $47,070 121.9
38 New Mexico $38,238 $36,900 96.5
39 Arkansas $38,025 $33,120 87.1
40 Louisiana $37,974 $36,000 94.8
41 Kansas $37,652 $33,850 89.9
42 New Hampshire $37,273 $43,610 117.0
43 Maine $36,471 $40,410 110.8
44 Kentucky $36,397 $32,940 90.5
45 Vermont $35,904 $43,480 121.1
46 Maryland $33,537 $42,090 125.5
47 South Dakota $32,941 $34,160 103.7
48 Montana $32,708 $32,970 100.8
49 Hawaii $27,897 $46,840 167.9

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