Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

Office Managers of Law Firms who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over one-half of Office Managers of Law Firms. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $80K per year, but expected earnings average $52K per year. Overall cash earnings for Office Managers of Law Firms stretch from $31K on the lower end to $80K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,118 - $80,636
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,301
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$12.72 - $29.89
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,118 - $80,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,142  
Profit Sharing
$889 - $7,603  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$31,386 - $80,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $29.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$13.00 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,142  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$889 - $7,603  
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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$31,386 - $80,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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 $52K. Office Managers of Law Firms most frequently advance into Executive Assistant and Full Charge Bookkeeper roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Office Managers of Law Firms report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Payroll Administration, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Accounts Receivable and Office Administration, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those proficient in Human Resources are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Office Managers of Law Firms generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Office Managers of Law Firms with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,301

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

With a pay rate for Office Managers of Law Firms that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Office Managers of Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent), Houston (+32 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), and Miami (+13 percent). Office Managers of Law Firms in Atlanta make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (16 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries




Billing
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Accounts Payable
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Quickbooks
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Office Management
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Bookkeeping
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Operations Management
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Paralegal
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National Average
$51,000

Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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