Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Most Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $49K per year. Overall cash earnings for Legal Administrative Assistants stretch from $30K on the lower end to $68K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$32,188 - $69,663
$32K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,039
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50%
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$12.48 - $29.58
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MEDIAN: $18.10
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$0$69K
Salary $32,188 - $69,663
Bonus $489.02 - $4,569
Profit Sharing $950 - $7,000
Total Pay (?
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$29,611 - $68,258
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 461
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $12.48 - $29.58
Overtime $20.39 - $53.87
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $489.02 - $4,569
Profit Sharing $950 - $7,000
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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$29,611 - $68,258
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 345

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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.

Common Career Paths for Legal Administrative Assistant


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Legal Administrative Assistants who go on to become Paralegals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Paralegal, an upper-level role, pays $42K.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 6 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. Most people skilled in Document Preparation are similarly competent in Typing, Filing Court Documents, and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Legal Administrative Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Administrative Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 339 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Administrative Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 182 salaries. An experienced Legal Administrative Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 200 salaries. A Legal Administrative Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 238 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,693

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

For Legal Administrative Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Legal Administrative Assistants is geography, with workers in Columbus earning a whopping 38 percent below the national average. Seattle and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 27 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a Legal Administrative Assistant?

Legal Administrative Assistant in Santa Ana:
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: No good turn over.

Legal Administrative Assistant in Seattle:
"It's not fun....but the boss is cool."
Pros: What I like most is coming into a small firm and learning daily what iteam means to work for the consumer. I love my supervisor to pieces because she goes out of her way to empower me in my personal life.
Cons: The pay and the fact that when we miss a communication, the blame always rests on me.

Legal Administrative Assistant in Baltimore:
Pros: Professionals I work with.
Cons: The Director.

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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 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

▲31%

▲7%

National Average
$45,000

▼3%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲25%

▲6%




National Average
$45,000

Typing
▼1%

▼1%


Legal Document Review
▼12%

▼13%


Drafting Correspondence
▼13%

▼16%

Microsoft Word
▼19%

Client Interaction
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%
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