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.
|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).)
|$28,987 - $67,695|
|Hourly Rate||$12.22 - $29.47|
|Overtime||$20.53 - $51.49|
|Bonus||$489.13 - $4,112|
|Profit Sharing||$1,030 - $7,023|
|Total Pay (||$28,987 - $67,695|
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.Read More...
Often, a legal administrative assistant conducts some paralegal work involving document research to assist their organization's paralegals. They should be comfortable with specific search engines such as Lexis/Nexis and Findlaw. They must be able to draft documents for the staff across a variety of legal disciplines. They typically maintain and organize schedules for appointments, meetings, and cases for their organization's lawyers; as such, the administrative assistant must possess superior organization skills and be comfortable with calendar and scheduling software.
The legal administrative assistant often manages the day-to-day running of the office. This can involve tasks such as keeping office supplies in stock, managing invoices, and conducting bookkeeping for the various office support accounts and utilities.
Depending on the size and salary considerations of the organization, most legal administrative assistants need at least an associate’s degree in business or a related field. They should obviously be fluent in a variety of office software, including word processing and spreadsheet work. Depending on the firm, prior experience as an administrative assistant could be required based on the high volume of correspondence and document drafting required by this position.
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.
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
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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