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Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

Women account for the majority of Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $50K annually. Earnings generally vary between $30K and $76K per year. Total cash earnings of Office Managers of Law Firms range from $30K on the low end to $76K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While close to one-third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most Office Managers of Law Firms like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,876 - $74,640
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,080
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50%
90%

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$12.24 - $28.38
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,876 - $74,640  
   
Bonus
$194.71 - $7,057  
Profit Sharing
$924 - $7,749  
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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$30,422 - $75,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 829
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $28.38  
   
Overtime
$15.39 - $40.25  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$194.71 - $7,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$924 - $7,749  
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).
)
$30,422 - $75,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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 go on to become Legal Office Administrators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Legal Office Administrator, an upper-level role, pays $51K.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Survey results suggest that Office Managers of Law Firms use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Office Management, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration. The majority of those who know Human Resources also know Billing and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Manager, Law Firm

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Office Managers of Law Firms. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Office Managers of Law Firms make a median salary of $52K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $62K.

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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries




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National Average
$49,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 34%