legal secretary salary survey 2015As a legal secretary, how do you know you are being paid a fair wage? And for a law firm, how do you know where you rank on the fair average salary for your secretaries? The answer is simple really…

Find out what the average salary is for a certain skill set in your region.

As far as I know there is no place that has a legal secretary (forgive me for not including legal paralegal every time, but accept that when I say legal secretary, I am referring to all legal secretarial staff) salary guide, per skill set and per region – other than the survey Tech4Law did in 2010.

So, we launched a new survey last year for everyone to find out what the average salaries were per region and per skill set. This time we kept it anonymous, to get a better response. Ten questions with a one mouse click answer and a security code at the end – what could be simpler.

As much as these surveys are perceived as being biased towards the staff, they do in fact assist the law firms a great deal in looking after their staff better by knowing the going salaries. You see the salaries vary so much in law firms, due to skills, area of practice, regions and volume throughput that it is it extremely difficult to work out the correct salaries from a thumb suck and a record of salaries in the past. Other industries are lucky as they have a single job description for their secretary staff – which may have very few differencing factors – a law firm right off the bat starts with the various areas of legal practice, before we get to the other aspects of differentiation.

I believe every single legal secretary should take this survey, if not driven on their own will to improve their profession, then by insistance of the managing partner at the law firm, as it will then allow everyone to refer to concrete evidence of what the salaries should be.

Take the survey now, enough hoping that others will do it for you. Surely you are not going to leave your future salary in somebody else’s hands…

By the way, says the average salary for a legal secretary with 10 years’ experience is R10 300 per month CostToCompany.

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Below are a few legal secretary posts that were advertised in December 2014, not sure I agree with the salaries offered!

Well established law firm in Umhlanga seeks expertise of Legal Secretary experienced in collections procedures, magistrate and high court litigation as well as MVA claims.

R8,000-10,000 Per Month CTC Incl Benefits

A well-established firm in Brooklyn, has a vacancy for a legal secretary to assist an Associate with conveyancing and litigation matters.
Requirements :
2 – 4 years litigation experience
Minimum typing speed 50 wpm
Dictaphone typing
Excellent MS Word skills
Conveyancing experience would be an advantage

R7,000-11,000 Per Month 

Seeking candidate with 5-8 years of secretarial litigation and office management experience.
Remuneration ranges from R 6,000.00 to R 10,000.00 (depending on experience),

Senior Paralegal Secretary, Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch), Western Cape (South Africa)
Administering and organising a trade mark prosecution practice – opening and preparing client files; capturing data; preparing letters; filing, formatting of docs, administration .
Dictaphone and copy typing of a wide variety of documents
Incorporating amendments to documents and ability to cross reference clauses.
Preparing accounts for clients and prompt time capturing. Follow up payments of debtors.
Assisting with general ad hoc tasks related to the practice.

Up To R19 600 Per Month CTC


Paralegal, Sandton
A position is available in Morningside, Sandton for a Paralegal. An experienced and professional individual is required with a driver’s license and own vehicle.
Open, update and maintain legal files and filing system. Attend to phone calls, enquiries and requests, dealing with them in a timely, appropriate and efficient manner. Draft smaller agreements from legal templates established. Peruse and comment on lease/service/smaller agreements. Draft legal correspondence. Type and amend agreements, documents and letters as required. Attend to internal requests for information/documents.
Provide information required for submission of tenders. Draft company resolutions. Liaise with company secretary for updating CIPC records. Take responsibility for the contracts’ administration process, obtaining signed contracts from relevant business units and ensuring that these are archived in hard copy and electronically. Create and maintain contracts, litigation and company secretarial databases.

R20 000 pm ctc


Conveyancing Secretary

A well establishment and reputable law firm with offices in Pretoria and Cape Town. This position is to be based at the Cape Town Office.
Duties will include the following:
Relevant Qualifications are a strong advantage but not essential if experienced as a conveyancing secretary.

Strong Typing Skills. Conveyancing Secretarial Background. Proven Stable Track Record. Good Communication skills. Ghostconvey Literacy.

R18000-R21000 Gross per month


• Min 5years exp in similar role
• Fasttyping – approx. 57 wpm
• English,Afrikaans and Zulu a 1st prize
• Nobenefits
• Workinghours : 08h00am – 16h30 Daily, Fridays until 16:00pm, no weekend work

R8 000.00 Neg on exp


Conveyancing Secretary
Conveyancing Secretary required for company based in Sandton. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a conveyancing secretary. Knowledge of GhostConvey would be beneficial.

Conveyancing Secretary required for company based in Sandton
Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years experience as a conveyancing secretary
Knowledge of GhostConvey would be beneficial. To apply send CV’s to [Email Disabled]


RAF Litigation Secretary – Sandton
Required Matric, 50 words a minute typing speed with Dictaphone and 4 years RAF Litigation experience. Diary management, drafting bill of costs, etc.

R12000 – R15 000

Legal Secretary Required January to End of March 2015 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Durban CBD group of Advocates are looking for an efficient legal typist to do dictaphone typing and general office duties for the period 5 January 2015 to 3 April 2015.

Must have knowledge of court document, good formatting skills and the use of a PC

Salary is R 6000.00


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