Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

With over one-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 $48K annually. Total cash compensation to Legal Administrative Assistants bottoms out near $28K and approaches $64K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,633 - $65,140
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $48,404
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$11.73 - $27.83
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,633 - $65,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,228  
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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$27,604 - $64,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $27.83  
   
Overtime
$17.66 - $49.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,228  
   
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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$27,604 - $64,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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 Assistants sometimes move into a Executive Assistant role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey results imply that Legal Administrative Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management, Billing, and Transcription are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Office Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Scheduling and Typing. Most people experienced in Document Preparation also know Typing and Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

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


For many Legal Administrative Assistants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Legal Administrative Assistants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Legal Administrative Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+33 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Legal Administrative Assistants in Raleigh bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (15 percent less) and Denver (7 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 27%

up arrow 15%

Transcription
up arrow 14%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 8%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Document Preparation
up arrow 1%

Filing Court Documents
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%


Office Administration
up arrow 14%


Client Interaction
up arrow 27%

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
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: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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