Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $47K per year. Cash earnings for Legal Administrative Assistants — including $4K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $64K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. 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 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.

Common Career Paths for Legal Administrative Assistant


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Legal Administrative Assistants who transition into an upper level Paralegal position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Paralegal makes $41K a year.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Legal Administrative Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. Those educated in Document Preparation tend to be well versed in Typing and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Legal Administrative Assistants. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. For Legal Administrative Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. 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

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

For Legal Administrative Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+24 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Legal Administrative Assistants earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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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