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Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just over a half of Legal Administrative Assistants. Salaries average out to around $49K per year and spread from $28K to $65K per year. Cash earnings for Legal Administrative Assistants — including $3K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $65K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,386 - $65,787
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,598
10%
50%
90%

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$11.74 - $27.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,386 - $65,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,121  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,397  
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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$27,746 - $64,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $27.87  
   
Overtime
$17.83 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,397  
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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$27,746 - $64,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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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 Assistants sometimes move into a Executive Assistant role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey takers working as Legal Administrative Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management, Transcription, and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Document Preparation are also skilled in Typing and Scheduling. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include Scheduling and Typing.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. Legal Administrative Assistants see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 44 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), Houston (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 26%

Transcription
up arrow 13%

up arrow 12%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 7%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Document Preparation
0%

National Average
$44,000

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%


Data Entry
up arrow 17%

Client Interaction
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%
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