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Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $48K per year on average but can range from $28K to $64K per year. Total cash compensation for Legal Administrative Assistants runs from $28K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,138 - $65,755
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,461
10%
50%
90%

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$11.87 - $27.68
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
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
$31,138 - $65,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,074  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,463  
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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$28,005 - $64,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $27.68  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $50.48  
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 - $3,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,463  
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).
)
$28,005 - $64,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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


Legal Administrative Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Litigation Case Management, Billing, and Transcription are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Client Interaction and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Document Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Typing and Scheduling. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Scheduling 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. For Legal Administrative Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. 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


For Legal Administrative Assistants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+38 percent), Boston (+33 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Legal Administrative Assistant's salary, with Raleigh Legal Administrative Assistants earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (16 percent less) and Dallas (5 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 26%

up arrow 14%

Transcription
up arrow 13%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Document Preparation
0%

Filing Court Documents
0%

National Average
$44,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Office Administration
up arrow 14%


Client Interaction
up arrow 31%

Data Entry
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%