Women make up the vast majority of Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $54K annually. Cash earnings of Office Managers of Law Firms can occasionally include $7K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $32K to almost $84K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. The majority of Office Managers of Law Firms claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,746 - $85,521
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$86K
MEDIAN: $53,998
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$13.40 - $29.96
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,746 - $85,521  
   
Bonus
$299.50 - $7,384  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,272  
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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$32,186 - $83,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $29.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.40 - $56.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$299.50 - $7,384  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,272  
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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$32,186 - $83,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121

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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.

Common Career Paths for Office Manager, Law Firm


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Office Managers of Law Firms sometimes move into a Legal Office Administrator role, where the salary is similar. Many Office Managers of Law Firms choose to become Executive Assistants and Full Charge Bookkeepers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $6K less and $13K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Office Managers of Law Firms seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Accounts Receivable and Office Administration as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Human Resources tend to be well versed in Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Manager, Law Firm

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


For many Office Managers of Law Firms, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. Office Managers of Law Firms claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $66K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,034

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Office Managers of Law Firms, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Office Managers of Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries




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$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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