Legal Administrative Assistant Salary

Legal Administrative Assistants in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $27K to $65K per year, median earnings come to $48K per year. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Legal Administrative Assistants spread between $27K and $65K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Legal Administrative Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,420 - $65,391

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$11.66 - $28.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,420 - $65,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,272  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,450  
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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$27,403 - $64,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 439
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $28.33  
   
Overtime
$17.51 - $47.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,272  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,450  
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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$27,403 - $64,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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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Legal Administrative Assistants who transition into an upper level Executive Assistant position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Executive Assistant makes $45K a year.

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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, Transcription, and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 15 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Client Interaction as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Document Preparation are also skilled in Typing and Filing Court Documents. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Scheduling and Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrative Assistant

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Legal Administrative Assistants. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Legal Administrative Assistants bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Legal Administrative Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Legal Administrative Assistants, 37 percent higher than the national average. Legal Administrative Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+34 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Legal Administrative Assistants in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 36 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Raleigh (20 percent lower and 19 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 28%

Transcription
up arrow 15%

up arrow 12%

Drafting Correspondence
up arrow 9%

Document Preparation
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 1%

Typing
0%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%



Client Interaction
up arrow 26%

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
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%
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