Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $48K per year on average but can range from $27K to $65K per year. Total incomes of Legal Administrative Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $27K and $65K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Legal Administrative Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$31,498 - $65,140
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $48,214
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90%

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$11.67 - $28.12
(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
$31,498 - $65,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,250  
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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$27,375 - $64,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $28.12  
   
Overtime
$17.66 - $49.03  
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 - $3,250  
   
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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$27,375 - $64,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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 results imply that Legal Administrative Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Litigation Case Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Transcription and Billing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 28 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. For most people, competency in Document Preparation indicates knowledge of Typing and Filing Court Documents. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. Legal Administrative Assistants see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Legal Administrative Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants that is 37 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+33 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants in Columbus earn salaries far below the national average by 36 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Dallas and Raleigh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less).

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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 28%

up arrow 14%

Transcription
up arrow 14%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 9%

Document Preparation
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%


Office Administration
up arrow 13%


Client Interaction
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
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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