Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

Median pay for Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. In the world of Office Managers of Law Firms, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $83K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While close to two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Office Managers of Law Firms is high. The vast majority (89 percent) of Office Managers of Law Firms who took the survey are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,153 - $86,044
$35K
$54K
$86K
MEDIAN: $54,310
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90%

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$13.13 - $27.16
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.76
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,153 - $86,044  
   
Bonus
$338.01 - $7,161  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$31,822 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $27.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$12.50 - $55.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$338.01 - $7,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$31,822 - $82,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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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As Office Managers of Law Firms transition into upper-level roles like Legal Office Administrators, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Legal Office Administrators earn the same amount as Office Managers of Law Firms on average. 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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average. Accounts Receivable and Office Administration, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Human Resources are also skilled in Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Office Manager, Law Firm

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Office Managers of Law Firms. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Office Managers of Law Firms make a median salary of $57K. Office Managers of Law Firms who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,778

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

For those looking to make money, Office Managers of Law Firms in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Office Managers of Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent), Houston (+25 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Rochester (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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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 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries

▲28%

▲9%

National Average
$52,000

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries


▲13%


▲2%

▲2%

Paralegal
▲1%

Payroll Administration
▼0%

National Average
$52,000


▼1%


Office Administration
▼17%

Accounts Receivable
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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