According to Robert Half Legal’s summary in Met. Corp. Counsel, Vol. 14, Dec. 2006 at 56, law departments should expect to pay for “midlevel paralegals with 4-6 years of experience” salaries in the range of $45,250 to $58,000. Departments should expect to pay “senior executive legal secretaries with seven or more years of experience” in the range of $46,500 to $60,500.
That means a paralegal and a legal secretary with roughly the same number of years of experience earn on average close to the same salary. I would have thought secretaries lag behind paralegals, but perhaps “executive” legal secretary implies more skills and higher pay.