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Office Manager, Law Firm Salary (United States)

Most Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $50K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $30K, and the higher rates verge on $75K per year. Total cash compensation to Office Managers of Law Firms ranges from $30K on the lower end to $75K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Office Managers of Law Firms enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Office Manager, Law Firm Salary (?
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$32,607 - $73,932
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MEDIAN: $49,682
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Office Manager, Law Firm Salary (?
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$11.97 - $26.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,607 - $73,932  
   
Bonus
$239.60 - $6,927  
Profit Sharing
$929 - $7,183  
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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$29,963 - $74,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 911
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $26.84  
   
Overtime
$16.21 - $39.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$239.60 - $6,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$929 - $7,183  
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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$29,963 - $74,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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Job Description for Office Manager, Law Firm

Office managers for law firms typically perform oversight for their firm's day-to-day operations, including maintaining the office’s budget, interacting with vendors, and scheduling appointments. They are also responsible for reviewing and sometimes creating legal documents, conducting research, coordinating office staff, and fulfilling any other firm requirements. In smaller firms, an office manager may not have subordinates and is thus responsible for tasks such as basic filing, handling incoming and outgoing telephone calls, and general office custodial duties. These managers are frequently placed in leadership roles among other law office workers, and they often interact with the firm’s lawyers, outside lawyers, vendors, clients, and paralegals.
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Office Manager, Law Firm Tasks
  • Provide support services to keep projects moving.
  • Assign cases, making sure work is distributed evenly among team members.
  • Manage the daily operations of a law firm, solving administrative problems and addressing human resources issues.
  • Oversee firm hiring, payroll, and budget, and make budget reports to owners.

Common Career Paths for Office Manager, Law Firm

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Office Managers of Law Firms who transition into an upper level Legal Office Administrator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. Legal Office Administrators typically make $51K a year.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm

Office Managers of Law Firms report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Office Management, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration. It is often found that people who know Billing are also skilled in Office Management and Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Manager, Law Firm

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Office Managers of Law Firms, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Office Managers of Law Firms claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $60K. The largest share of Office Managers of Law Firms have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Office Managers of Law Firms, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 77 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and Portland, where Office Managers of Law Firms annually earn 44 percent, 38 percent, 16 percent, and 7 percent more than the national average. Denver is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries

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$48,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 34%