Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $47K annually. Total cash compensation for Legal Administrative Assistants runs from $28K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Legal Administrative Assistants. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,344 - $65,293
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,074
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$11.78 - $28.64
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,344 - $65,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,801  
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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$28,040 - $64,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $28.64  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $50.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,801  
   
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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$28,040 - $64,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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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 who go on to become Paralegals may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Paralegal, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey results imply that Legal Administrative Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Filing and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Document Preparation also know Typing and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. On average, Legal Administrative Assistants make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Legal Administrative Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,478

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 30 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+24 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Raleigh (18 percent lower) and Denver (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 29%

up arrow 5%

Document Preparation
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$43,000



Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 10%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%

Filing
up arrow 24%

Client Interaction
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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