Office Manager, Law Firm Salary

Office Managers of Law Firms in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K annually on average but can range from $31K to $78K per year. Total cash earnings of Office Managers of Law Firms range from $31K on the low end to $78K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $8K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,116 - $77,262

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$12.67 - $29.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,116 - $77,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,893  
Profit Sharing
$916 - $7,799  
Total Pay (?
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$30,776 - $78,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $29.26  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $42.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,893  
   
Profit Sharing
$916 - $7,799  
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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$30,776 - $78,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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 $51K. Office Managers of Law Firms most often move into positions as Executive Assistants or Full Charge Bookkeepers. Executive Assistants actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Full Charge Bookkeepers earn $12K less per year than Office Managers of Law Firms do.

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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, 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, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Human Resources tend to be well versed 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. Office Managers of Law Firms see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Office Managers of Law Firms, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 75 percent above the national average. Office Managers of Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Houston (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Office Manager of a Law Firm's salary, with Atlanta Office Managers of Law Firms earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (10 percent less) and Miami (4 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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Office Management
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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 179 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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