Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

The majority of Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States — just over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $78K per year, and the median is $51K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Office Managers of Law Firms can bottom out near $31K or peak near $78K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Most Office Managers of Law Firms report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,978 - $76,891
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,099
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$12.71 - $29.32
(Median)
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$32,978 - $76,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,682  
Profit Sharing
$903 - $7,213  
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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$30,739 - $77,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664
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
$12.71 - $29.32  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $41.55  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,682  
   
Profit Sharing
$903 - $7,213  
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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$30,739 - $77,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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.

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Office Managers of Law Firms' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Legal Office Administrator. Median pay for Legal Office Administrators is $51K.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Survey takers working as Office Managers of Law Firms report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Billing, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Accounts Receivable and Office Administration as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Human Resources also tend to 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. 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 $62K.

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Experience Affects Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Office Manager, Law Firm Salaries



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Bookkeeping
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Operations Management
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National Average
$50,000

Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 35%
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