Earnings for Legal Administrators in the United States come in at around $59K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Legal Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Legal Administrators making up 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,967 - $93,001
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MEDIAN: $59,327
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$12.60 - $30.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,967 - $93,001  
   
Bonus
$405.47 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,405 - $96,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $30.87  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $38.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$405.47 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$36,405 - $96,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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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Popular Skills for Legal Administrator


Survey takers who work as Legal Administrators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Human Resources and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Legal Compliance and Billing, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Human Resources also know Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Administrator

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


Legal Administrators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

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Experience Affects Legal Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Legal Administrator Salaries


Office Administration
up arrow 4%

National Average
$58,000

Billing
up arrow 7%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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