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. In the world of Office Managers of Law Firms, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $80K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Office Managers of Law Firms enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although about one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. 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 (?
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$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. Many Office Managers of Law Firms go on to become Executive Assistants or Full Charge Bookkeepers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $6K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Office Manager, Law Firm


Office Managers of Law Firms seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. It is often found that people who know Human Resources are 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $50K. On average, Office Managers of Law Firms make $57K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

For those looking to make money, Office Managers of Law Firms in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. 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). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Office Managers of Law Firms earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. 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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