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Legal Administrator Salary

Legal Administrators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K annually on average but can range from $40K to $92K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Legal Administrators are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,624 - $92,101
(Median)
$43K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $63,896
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$13.09 - $32.31
(Median)
$13
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,624 - $92,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,190  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $11,191  
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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$39,804 - $91,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $32.31  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $64.29  
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 - $5,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $11,191  
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).
)
$39,804 - $91,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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Job Description for Legal Administrator

A legal administrator works in a law office to help all operations run smoothly, and this job has a variety of duties and requires significant multitasking. Team work is important in this position, but many of the tasks are done independently and require a self-driven individual. The legal administrator may be in charge of accounting duties at the firm, such as forecasting, budgeting, and variance analysis. Other general duties include keeping track of expenditures, carrying out billing and collections, and reporting taxes. Computer, typing, and ten key are important skills to have, as well.

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Legal Administrator Tasks

  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions and legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Assist attorneys in collecting employment, medical and other records.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Legal Administrators who took the survey. Human Resources and Office Administration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Office Administration is a skill commonly found among those who know Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrator

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Legal Administrators make a median salary of $73K. Legal Administrators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $70K.

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Experience Affects Legal Administrator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Legal Administrator Salaries



National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%