Most Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $48K annually. In the world of Legal Administrative Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $67K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $7K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,187 - $68,091
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,429
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$12.02 - $29.16
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,187 - $68,091  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $4,073  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,262  
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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$28,610 - $66,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$19.88 - $52.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$394.53 - $4,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $7,262  
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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$28,610 - $66,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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

  • Manages schedules for appointment, meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Drafts documents for staff across a variety of legal disciplines.
  • Provides support to lawyers and paralegals with research, traveling arrangements, and other important tasks.
  • Keeps office supplies in stock.

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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


Legal Administrative Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management, Billing, and Document Preparation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 9 percent, and 3 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. Those familiar with Document Preparation also tend to know Typing, Filing Court Documents, and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,850

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 39 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+35 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+24 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants in Columbus report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 36 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Denver (26 percent lower and 11 percent lower, 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 28%

up arrow 9%

Document Preparation
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$44,000



Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 11%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 11%


up arrow 15%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%

Client Interaction
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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