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Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Legal Administrative Assistants who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly more than half of Legal Administrative Assistants. Pay fluctuates from $28K to $65K per year, but expected earnings average $49K per year. In the world of Legal Administrative Assistants, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $65K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Legal Administrative Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,420 - $65,755
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,765
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90%

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$11.73 - $27.71
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$31,420 - $65,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,272  
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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$27,878 - $64,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$17.59 - $49.43  
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 - $3,272  
   
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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$27,878 - $64,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288

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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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As Legal Administrative Assistants make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Executive Assistant position pays around the same amount as the Legal Administrative Assistant job on average.

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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. Lucky workers who know Litigation Case Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Billing and Transcription are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 26 percent. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Document Preparation also know Typing and Scheduling. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Legal Administrative Assistants make a median salary of $50K. Legal Administrative Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 43 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), Houston (+34 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), and St. Louis (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Legal Administrative Assistants in Raleigh earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Workers in Seattle and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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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%

up arrow 13%

Transcription
up arrow 13%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 7%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
0%

National Average
$44,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 6%

Office Administration
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%


Data Entry
up arrow 16%

Client Interaction
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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