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Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

With more than half of Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $28K to $64K per year and averages out to $47K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Legal Administrative Assistants. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,659 - $65,132
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37K
47K
56K
65K
MEDIAN: $46,585
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$11.83 - $28.83
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,659 - $65,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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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$27,947 - $64,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $28.83  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $46.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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).
)
$27,947 - $64,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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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Common Career Paths for Legal Administrative Assistant


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For Legal Administrative Assistants, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Legal Administrative Assistants earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Paralegal.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Legal Administrative Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management, Transcription, and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Scheduling, Typing, and Filing Court Documents. Most people skilled in Document Preparation are similarly competent in 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. On average, Legal Administrative Assistants make $50K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 46 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+33 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Seattle and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 10 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 27%

Transcription
up arrow 14%

Billing
up arrow 10%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 10%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
0%

Legal Document Review
0%

National Average
$44,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Travel Planning
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Office Administration
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 23%

Client Interaction
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%