The 10 States With The Highest Legal Secretary Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Illinois
  2. Minnesota
  3. Washington
  4. Delaware
  5. Texas
  6. Michigan
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. North Carolina
  9. Georgia
  10. Ohio

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for legal secretarys from the 2018 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 $56570, so our index value would be:

$56,570 * (100 / 135.9) = $41,626

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.

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Detailed List Of Legal Secretary Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $54,059 $51,140 94.6
2 Minnesota $52,579 $53,000 100.8
3 Washington $51,891 $54,590 105.2
4 Delaware $51,548 $52,270 101.4
5 Texas $51,190 $46,430 90.7
6 Michigan $50,719 $45,140 89.0
7 Pennsylvania $50,276 $50,980 101.4
8 North Carolina $50,085 $47,030 93.9
9 Georgia $49,978 $45,680 91.4
10 Ohio $49,104 $46,060 93.8
11 Missouri $48,816 $44,130 90.4
12 Tennessee $48,635 $43,480 89.4
13 Arizona $48,285 $47,320 98.0
14 Indiana $46,860 $41,940 89.5
15 Mississippi $46,658 $40,080 85.9
16 Florida $46,337 $45,550 98.3
17 Virginia $46,031 $46,400 100.8
18 Wyoming $45,904 $42,140 91.8
19 Alabama $45,877 $41,840 91.2
20 Wisconsin $45,847 $44,380 96.8
21 Utah $45,419 $42,240 93.0
22 Nevada $44,869 $46,350 103.3
23 North Dakota $44,617 $44,350 99.4
24 Massachusetts $44,242 $59,020 133.4
25 Kansas $43,492 $39,100 89.9
26 Oregon $43,217 $49,960 115.6
27 New York $42,687 $55,920 131.0
28 Louisiana $42,542 $40,330 94.8
29 Iowa $42,505 $38,680 91.0
30 Nebraska $42,467 $38,900 91.6
31 Arkansas $42,399 $36,930 87.1
32 Maryland $42,191 $52,950 125.5
33 Connecticut $42,114 $53,780 127.7
34 New Hampshire $42,076 $49,230 117.0
35 Oklahoma $41,647 $37,150 89.2
36 California $41,626 $56,570 135.9
37 New Jersey $41,558 $50,660 121.9
38 West Virginia $41,177 $38,460 93.4
39 Kentucky $40,265 $36,440 90.5
40 South Carolina $39,989 $39,670 99.2
41 Rhode Island $39,950 $48,220 120.7
42 Idaho $39,739 $36,600 92.1
43 New Mexico $39,005 $37,640 96.5
44 Vermont $38,431 $46,540 121.1
45 Alaska $36,811 $48,260 131.1
46 Maine $34,341 $38,050 110.8
47 South Dakota $34,271 $35,540 103.7
48 Montana $33,859 $34,130 100.8
49 Hawaii $28,671 $48,140 167.9
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