Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $48K per year. Total cash compensation to Legal Administrative Assistants bottoms out near $29K and approaches $68K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Legal Administrative Assistants. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,922 - $69,074
$32K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,974
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$12.22 - $29.47
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$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,922 - $69,074  
   
Bonus
$489.13 - $4,112  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $7,023  
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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$28,987 - $67,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 473
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $29.47  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $51.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$489.13 - $4,112  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $7,023  
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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$28,987 - $67,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 367

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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

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

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Legal Administrative Assistants' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Paralegal. Median pay for Paralegals is $42K.

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Popular Skills for Legal Administrative Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 4 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. The majority of those who know Document Preparation also know Typing, Filing Court Documents, and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Legal Administrative Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Legal Administrative Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 339 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Legal Administrative Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 182 salaries. An experienced Legal Administrative Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 200 salaries. A Legal Administrative Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 238 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,750

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

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Legal Administrative Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+31 percent), Minneapolis (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+28 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Legal Administrative Assistants in Columbus bring in salaries that are 36 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 26 percent less in Seattle and 13 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Legal Administrative Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

▲34%

▲9%

National Average
$44,000

▼1%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Legal Administrative Assistant Salaries

Litigation Case Management
▲28%

▲9%




▲2%

Typing
▲1%

National Average
$44,000


▼11%


Drafting Correspondence
▼11%

Legal Document Review
▼11%

▼14%

Microsoft Word
▼17%

Client Interaction
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 22%
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