Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

Approximately half of Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $32K to $84K per year, but median earnings come to around $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Office Managers of Law Firms can bottom out near $32K or peak near $84K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Most Office Managers of Law Firms like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the vast majority of Office Managers of Law Firms (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,462 - $87,948
$35K
$55K
$88K
MEDIAN: $55,337
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50%
90%

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$12.84 - $26.21
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,462 - $87,948  
   
Bonus
$375.00 - $7,079  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,061  
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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$32,129 - $83,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $26.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.10 - $51.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$375.00 - $7,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,061  
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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$32,129 - $83,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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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

  • 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.
  • Provide support services to keep projects moving.
  • Assign cases, making sure work is distributed evenly among team members.

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Office Managers of Law Firms' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Legal Office Administrator. On average, Legal Office Administrators get paid about the same as Office Managers of Law Firms do. Office Managers of Law Firms most often move into Executive Assistant or Full Charge Bookkeeper roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $13K less.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Operations Management, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Accounts Receivable and Office Administration, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Human Resources also tend to know Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Manager, Law Firm

Pay by Experience for an Office Manager, Law Firm has a positive trend. An entry-level Office Manager, Law Firm with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 171 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Office Manager, Law Firm with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Office Manager, Law Firm which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 147 salaries. An Office Manager, Law Firm with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,289

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Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Office Managers of Law Firms in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Office Managers of Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Houston (+23 percent), and Rochester (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 10 percent below the national average. Austin and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Office Manager, Law Firm

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries

▲26%

▲9%

National Average
$52,000

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries


▲11%



Office Management
▼0%

Bookkeeping
▼0%

Quickbooks
▼0%

Paralegal
▼0%

National Average
$52,000


▼2%

Office Administration
▼18%

Accounts Receivable
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 39%