Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

With more than half of Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $78K per year and averages out to $51K per year. Total cash compensation for Office Managers of Law Firms runs from $31K to $78K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most Office Managers of Law Firms report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,953 - $77,124
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,166
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$12.68 - $29.25
(Median)
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,953 - $77,124  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,813  
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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$30,834 - $78,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.68 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $41.71  
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 - $6,813  
   
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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$30,834 - $78,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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. Office Managers of Law Firms most frequently become Executive Assistants and Full Charge Bookkeepers even though median compensation is $5K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Office Managers of Law Firms seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Accounting, Billing, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Accounts Receivable and Office Administration as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people 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.


Office Managers of Law Firms with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Office Managers of Law Firms bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Office Managers of Law Firms who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 75 percent, Office Managers of Law Firms in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Office Managers of Law Firms will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Houston (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Office Managers of Law Firms' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Office Managers of Law Firms in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (10 percent less) and Philadelphia (6 percent less).

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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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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 185 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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