Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $49K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Legal Administrative Assistants spread between $29K and $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,144 - $68,578
$32K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,539
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50%
90%

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$12.13 - $29.43
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$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,144 - $68,578  
   
Bonus
$482.55 - $4,582  
Profit Sharing
$1,490 - $7,341  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,853 - $67,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $29.43  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $51.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.55 - $4,582  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,490 - $7,341  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,853 - $67,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 375

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Job Description for Legal Administrative Assistant

A legal administrative assistant works with lawyers and paralegals, providing them with support on research, correspondence, filing, and other essential duties. An administrative assistant in this field needs a solid working knowledge of various legal principles and terms, and they must feel comfortable drafting documents and correspondence related to complicated legal concepts.

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Legal Administrative Assistant Tasks

  • Provides support to lawyers and paralegals with research, traveling arrangements, and other important tasks.
  • Keeps office supplies in stock.
  • Manages schedules for appointment, meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Drafts documents for staff across a variety of legal disciplines.

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Legal Administrative Assistants' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Paralegal. Median pay for Paralegals is $42K.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Filing also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Document Preparation also know Typing, Filing Court Documents, and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Legal Administrative Assistants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $36K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. Legal Administrative Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,923

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Legal Administrative Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+35 percent), Philadelphia (+28 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 37 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (26 percent lower) and Denver (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Legal Administrative Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

▲34%

▲10%

National Average
$44,000

▼4%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲27%

▲11%



▲1%

Filing Court Documents
▼0%

Scheduling
▼0%

National Average
$44,000


▼11%

Drafting Correspondence
▼11%

Legal Document Review
▼11%


▼15%

Microsoft Word
▼18%

Client Interaction
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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